Rotary Club of Abuja constructs N25m health centre in Sauka
@SimonEchwofun The rotary Club of Abuja Metro has begun the construction of a N25 million primary healthcare centre in Sauka, near Apo in Abuja.
Speaking at the commissioning, the club’s President, Mr Osi Imomoh said the star project in the community under the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will benefit over 2,500 persons living in the village with no health facility at present.
Mr Imomoh said the project cost is valued at N25 million for the finishing while assuring that it will be handed over to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for operation within a 12 month period.
He said, “The nearest healthcare centre is about 10 kilometres from this village. We were told two persons had died in the process of being conveyed to the hospital in Apo on motorcycles on the poor access road from here.
“We adopted the village since 2013 and since then, we have built a school and handed it over to the FCDA and from the testimony of the Chief of Sauka, the literacy level of the children had risen we are equally hopeful that this health centre will have similar effect of improving the people’s lives after we hand it over to the FCT,” Imomoh explained.
The District Governor for District 9125, Engr. Mbanefo Nnoka, who oversees about 180 Rotary clubs spread across 24 states including the FCT said “the farther the projects are from the towns and cities, the greater their impact on the lives of the rural people.”
He charged the community members to take ownership of the centre right from the construction stage to the finishing noting that such projects of Rotary have been abandoned in certain communities after they were transferred to them.
Nnoka also said the workforce will be sourced from the community, while auxiliary nurses will be trained to complement the workers to be sent in by government.
The Sarki of Sauka, Chief Bala Daudu Zaki Said he was happy about the project while assuring that community members will give full support to the realising of the project.
“Since this school was donated to us by the Rotary club, the literacy level of our children has improved. Some of these children here can now speak English because of the school that was brought to us,” Chief Zaki said.