NGO Uncovers Abandoned Health Centre Built by European Union in Ondo
An abandoned health centre funded by the European Union in Ondo State has been uncovered by ‘Follow The Projects’ (FTP), a social accountability initiative by PROMAD Foundation.
A statement by PROMAD Founder/Executive Director, Daisi Omokungbe, explained that the health centre located at Abusoro Community; Akure North Local Government was built between 2017 and 2020.
It noted that after a tip by Ondo Eye, a visit by the project tracker team of FTP discovered that the construction of the health centre has been completed by the contractor but not sure if equipment were supplied to the health centre.
The statement noted that a resident of the Community, Mrs. Olugbusi in an interview said the health centre has been under lock and key since 2020 after the construction works were completed.
“The whole Community has been expecting the government to complete the project and commission it for the use of our people
“After the construction work, they abandoned the project, there is no equipment there, no further development and sometimes when people go there, there’s nobody to attend to them
“The abandoned health centre is the only health facility in this Community so we are appealing to the government to complete the project without delay and open it for the use of the people of our Community” she said.
To avoid waste of resources on the work done so far, the Organization appealed to the EU Delegation to Nigeria to mandate the contractor to deliver the project to the Community to for the benefit of the dwellers.
Abusoro, a Community dominated by local farmers and averagely educated people is about 20 kilometers from Akure, the State Capital.
According to the project charter erected at the site, the 15 months project was awarded in June 2017 to Cheeryha Engineering Services Nig. Ltd with 50% funding from the European Union (EU), 25% from Akure North Local Government and 25% from the Community.