The #FollowTheMoney Bullet Team during its data mining session scraped data from the 2016 Federal Ministry of Health Appropriation. It was revealed that N10.5 million ($34,426) was earmarked for the rehabilitation of Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Afia Nsit Urua Nko, Nsit Ibom LGA, Akwa Ibom State with the implementation agency being NPHCDA. The PHC serves about 20 patients per day (600 per month) especially under 5 children and nursing mothers from around 3 villages. In addition, the PHC lacks improved ante-natal care infrastructure; has no emergency transport & water supply; and has poor sanitation & one CHEW.
It doesn’t run 24/7; can’t admit a patient as a result of insufficient infrastructure; and there are no medical doctor, electricity & quarters for hospital staffers. The locals had to resort to traditional ways of delivering babies because of the PHC’s reprehensible state. As at October 2016, the implementation of the N10.5 million has not started.
We have initiated the #RehabilitateAfiaNsit campaign to track the implementation of the N10.5 million. We would use the social media, traditional media, FOIA backed letters, cartoon illustration, community outreach and stakeholder engagement to track the implementation. This is in line with our Follow The Money Program through which we track governmental spending of capital funds intended for local communities in order to safeguard transparency and accountability and mainstream citizen engagement in governance.
This Follow the Money campaign calls on all concerned public and private agencies to uphold the public interest through accountable and transparent management of the funds that have been released to rehabilitate the PHC in #AfiaNsitUruaNko. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to rehabilitate the PHC for local community members that do not have access to efficient health care provision. This would help to build human capital through improving their health, and ability to fend for themselves.
No sort of rehabilitation going on at the PHC
26 October 2016: The team embarked on an on-site visitation to Afia Nsit Urua Nko to know if the implementation of the N10.5 million has started in the PHC. It was found out that there was no sort of implementation going on and 2016 has almost ended. The local stakeholders such as the Officer In Charge of the PHC, the Ete Udung of the community etc. all lamented over the terrible state of the PHC.
There is a video, this is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZftS1R0awWQ&feature=youtu.be
We were not aware of the rehabilitation fund, said Afia Nsit Urua Nko stakeholders
27 October, 2016: While we engaged local stakeholders at the community, it was clear that the local stakeholders were not aware of the N10.5 million appropriation in any sense. This shows again that local stakeholders are not carried along in budgetary processes at the Federal Level. This also weakens citizen engagement, and transparency & accountability in governmental spending.
Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests sent to key stakeholders
31 October 2016: Following the revelations, we got from tracking the fund, we immediately sent out FOI requests to key stakeholders to know what was happening to the N10.5 million, and why no sort of implementation of the fund is going on already. The requests were sent to the Federal Ministry of Health and the NPHCDA, asking after the costed work plan of the N10.5 million and the contractor. Find the FOI requests here.
Media Engagement on #RehabilitateAfiaNsit
9 November 2016: We were on air for a radio programme on #RehabilitateAfiaNsit on CoolFM in Abuja. Listen here
The contracting process of the N10.5 m rehabilitation fund is still ongoing
10 November 2016: The NPHCDA replied our FOI Request explaining that the contracting process of the 10.5 million is still on and so they could not give us the costed work plan. We still on their necks to know what exactly would become of this appropriation. Find their reply here.
Stakeholder engagement at Ete-Idung’s palace
3 December, 2016: Our team conducted a town hall meeting at the Ete-Idung’s palace, on the PHC’s rehabilitation and the fund implementation. In attendance were the host community leaders headed by the Ete Idung (Village Head), the Community Secretary, youth leader, Director of NPHCDA Akwa Ibom State Liaison Office, Director of Nsit Ibom LGA Primary Health Facility and the Officer-In-Charge of the PHC. In all, a total of 48 persons were present. Read more…
Response from the Government of Akwa Ibom State
The State Government of Akwa Ibom sent a response advising us to route our FOIA to the Saving One Million Lives Programme Coordinator in the Ministry of Health as they are in charge of the program.