From Ngozi Omah, Awka
July 24, 2022
The National Assembly lawmaker representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Chukwuka Onyema, has faulted subnational governments in Anambra State over poor attitude and attention to Federal projects attracted to the state by other illustrious citizens.
Hon Onyema stated that neither the state nor the local governments show any interest in the sustenance of projects especially those attracted from the federal government, to ensure they live long in serving the people.
He made the remark Saturday at St Raphael Catholic Church, Anumudu, Okpoko in Ogbaru local government area of the stste while handing over a state of the art health facility he built to the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State.
Hon Onyema said his decision to hand over the facility to the church was to ensure effective and efficient management of the centre.
“We always encounter difficulties in management and maintenance of Federal projects attracted from the Federal Government because neither the State nor the Local Government Council wants to spend money to ensure that they are in good condition to provide essential services to the people.”
Handing over the project to the church, the lawmaker who had, penultimate year, donated health facilities to the leadership of Anglican church at St Luke’s Church, Okpoko and Ohita communities respectively, stated that he is more confident in the capacity of the church to take care of projects better than communities and governments.
He stated that the projects were in fulfilment of the election promise he made to his constituency and stressed that his interest remained in providing adequate healthcare and better life to his people.
Speaking further during an interview, the lawmaker said: “as human being, we need a lot of things but healthcare is the major need of the people. I noticed that people falling ill in this area do not have facilities for medical care. If you notice there is no government hospital in this whole Okpoko and that has been a challenge on the people.
“The facility is a 25 bed capacity with theatre and 3 maternity wards for child delivery. I want the church to make us proud and ensure the mini hospital renders world class service to the people. They should give it their all. It doesn’t have to be situated in Lagos or Abuja to be the best.”
Hon Onyema also hinted that three signature projects are currently ongoing in three other communities, including hospitals in Odekpe and Ogwuikpele communities, respectively, and a Computer-Based-Test (CBT) Jamb Centre in Atani community.
Receiving the handover documents, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Grace Most Revd Valerian Okeke, thanked the lawmaker for citing the project in the area and promised proper management of the facility. He also assured that the church will fully utilize the facility for the purpose it was built.
In a remark, member representing Ogbaru 1 state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Noble Igwe said the hospital was much needed in Okpoko as people, by virtue of the facility, will have access to medical care.
Earlier, the traditional ruler of Atani community, His Royal Highness, Igwe Augustine Ngoddy, said the hospital will be of immense value and benefit to the people of the area and urged the church to make the services affordable to all.