An estimated two million residents in Ezinifite at Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state do not have access to healthcare delivery as Mr. Andy Uba, a federal lawmaker from the state abandons a multi-million hospital he facilitated as a constituency project.
A project the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2014 budgeted huge sums of money for its execution has since been abandoned, forcing the residents to suffer from a lack of healthcare delivery.
The hospital that is designed to provide healthcare delivery to Ezinifite residents that are estimated to be over two million population has since been abandoned.
A visit to the hospital shows how grasses have taken over the facilities with the roof getting torn while the doors and windows are fallen off.
One of the local sources, Mr. Peter Ndiukwu, who described the hospital as a forgotten issue, narrated how the entire community residents were happy about the siting of the hospital in the area.
He, however, added that they are not happy because the project has been abandoned without any of them having any information on what to do to get the contractor back to the site.
“A huge population in this community depends on the hospital for their healthcare delivery, and unfortunately it has since been abandoned”, Ndiukwu said.
Tracka, a public accountability organization that exposed the abandoned hospital, has since appealed to Mr. Charles Soludo-the Anambra State Governor, and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) to help fix it.
Constituency projects are nominated by the lawmakers for the needs of their constituents and recommended same to the executive during budgeting; this will help to improve the living condition of the people in their constituents through building local infrastructures.
However, Nigerian experience has shown that Lawmakers do not execute constituency projects as they appear in the national budget, and getting them to account for monies approved for such intervention is always difficult.
And, often, community residents are not aware such monies have been given to their representatives, and that makes accountability very difficult.
MAWA Foundation could not immediately reach out to Mr. Uba, the Anambra lawmaker for an official response.