Ro­tary Club of Abuja con­structs N25m health cen­tre in Sauka

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Si­mon E. Sun­day

@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.

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