Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has maintained that he would not travel abroad for medical check-up.
He stated this on Wednesday when a delegation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday departed the shores of Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom through the Abuja International Airport.
The President departed the country in one of the jets available in the presidential fleet, Naija News understands.
Buhari is not expected back in the country until the second week in April according to an earlier statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina on Monday when he announced the president’s trip to Nigerians.
Recall that in 2017, the president spent over 150 days in the UK, treating an undisclosed ailment, while in May 2018, he returned to the UK for four days to see his doctor.
But speaking to the delegation, Wike said everything he needs for medical examination was in the Government House Clinic built by his administration.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor urged the council to resist playing politics with approved quota for medical and dental schools in Nigeria, particularly the Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences.
Wike said, “The health care system in Nigeria requires very serious attention. It is unfortunate where we are. I don’t want to comment on people who are traveling for medical check. I have not travelled for the past two years.
“If we have all these things here why do we have to travel. We have all it takes to provide it. Why will I go out to do my check (overseas) when I have all the facilities in Government House?
“I don’t need it. Everything that is required for me to undergo any test is here. The resources we have it. Why can’t we provide it for our people?”