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Senate To Investigate N400b Abandoned PHC Project

The Senate says it will investigate the abandoned four hundred billion naira National Primary Health Centre project initiated by the administration of president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006 in each of the 774 local government areas across the country.

This is contained in a motion sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe from Kwara State during plenary in Abuja.

Senator Oloriegbe noted that the project, initiated by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006 was to build in each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria a sixty bed facility, a three bedroom flat, Doctors quarters, purchase of an ambulance, hospital equipment and drugs.

Senator Oloriegbe further explained that the money to carry out the project was to be a deduction from the excess crude account of the 774 local government areas on a monthly basis.

The lawmaker alleged that he was aware that the contract for the execution of the project in the entire 774 local government areas was awarded to Messrs Mattans Nigeria limited.

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe disclosed that various sums of money were released to the contractors but expressed worry that some of these projects started but were abandoned at various stages while majority never started despite huge sums of money released..

The senate therefore resolved by mandating the committees for Health and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases to undertake an investigation, by determining the status of the one hundred percent project funds allegedly warehoused with the then PHB Bank now Keystone Bank, to also determine the level of progress and recommend ways of completing the projects nationwide.

By James itodo…

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