ICPC donates N150 million hospital equipment to AE-FUNAI

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) on Monday handed over a hospital facility worth N150 million to Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) in the Ebonyi State.

The Commission effected the transfer to the South Afikpo Local Government Area of ​​Ebonyi through its Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, who was represented by Nzebunachi Chukwuma, a superintendent of the ICPC.

He noted that the Ebunwana community project in Afikpo South local government area of ​​the state was being monitored by the Constituency and Executive Projects Monitoring Group (CEPTG) of the ICPC. .

Owasanoye said the hospital, which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities, was designed as a FUNAI medical outpost in the region.

According to him, the hospital was supposed to serve as a teaching hospital for its medical students.

“The project was appropriated in 2019 and completed in March 2020 at the cost of the above. It was moderated by the former Senator representing the Ebonyi South Senatorial District, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji.

“After completion the local community informally took over the hospital even though it was not for the community but they decided to appoint a consultant to run the hospital on an arrangement of a sharing formula benefits between the community and the consultant.

“The project was picked up by the CEPTG team and is handed over to the university community on March 25, 2022.

“In the meantime, investigations are underway to find out how the local community gained access and took over the hospital without any official ceremony,” he added.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sunday Elom, who was represented by Professor Smart Otu, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, described the project as a unique intervention.

Elom assured the community of the immediate and effective start of activity at the hospital.

He praised the chairman of CIPC for initiating such a project and described it as a welcome development, capable of preventing the execution of substandard businesses and also stimulating people to provide good jobs.

“The community must know that it will be the first beneficiary of the project. We will collaborate to make sure the place is used optimally,” Elom said.

Meanwhile, AE-FUNAI’s Director of Land Use, Works and Services, Dr. Ezeocha Iheanacho said that the structure and equipment of the project are in good condition.

“What we encountered in the hospital is satisfying,” Iheanacho said.

The chairman of the community, Dr. Ama Udu-Aka, expressed satisfaction that the planned mutual relationship is materializing and hopes it will continue.

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