The #FollowTheMoney (FTM) Team examined the 2016 Federal Ministry of Health’s Appropriation. It was revealed that N24.5 million ($80,328) was budgeted for the Construction of Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) at Uzebu, Oredo Local Government Area with the implementation agency being the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). This appropriation is quite timely, considering the community of about 120,000 members does not have any PHC around to cater for them.
We have initiated the #BuildUzebu campaign to track the implementation of the N14.2 Million. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned public and private agencies, especially the NPHCDA to uphold the public interest through accountable and transparent management of the funds that have been released to construct the PHC. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to ensure that the PHC is built for the local community members in order to provide adequate health care services to them.
Community Setup a Committee to Follow the Money
The community decided to set up a six-man committee that will follow up on the project and make sure the project is actualized and done according to specifications. Mrs Iyobosa was urged to inform the coordinator of PHC so that one person will be nominated from the PHC to join the six-man committee. The committee comprises of the following members;
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, The Ministry of Health, Oredo Local Government representative and the community will nominate two persons while one person will be nominated from Follow the Money
Director of PHC Oredo Local Government Area Not Aware of the Appropriation
Mrs. Iyobosa Aghaowa, told us in a town hall meeting that it was long overdue for the people of Uzebu to have a PHC as this has been the desire of the Ministry of Health but as at the time of the town hall meeting they were not aware of the appropriation and have not been informed by anyone on such project.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Claimed Ignorant of the Appropriation
Our community reporter put a call through to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health who claimed ignorant of the appropriation.
Townhall meeting held in the community
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Freedom of Information Request sent to key stakeholders
9 February 2017: The updates prompted us to send an FOI request to the Implementing agency National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA) and the State Primary Health Care Agency (SPHCDA) demanding answers to why there is no implementation on the proposed site and where the 24.5 Million allocated for construction of PHC was. Find the FOI request here.
A Visit to the Proposed Site
8 February 2017: Delegates, inclusive of the king visited the proposed site for the construction of the PHC (video). This site has been proposed by the then Community Development Agents (dissolved) in November 2016 and this site is a large expanse of land which is an old cemetery that was used during the Civil war. At the site, it was seen that the land was still fallow and no sign of construction work has started (Video of the Site).
Not all of us can pay for private health care
8 February 2017: The construction of a government PHC is welcomed and on the part of Connected Development, its empathy, Uzebu is a community with over 120,000 residence and I believe this project would create more Jobs – the Ezomo II of Uzebu.
No Implementation is ongoing
8 Febuary 2017: Our FTM team had an outreach in Uzebu, Oredo Local Government Area, to track 24.5 million meant for the construction of a Primary Health Care (PHC) and were met with an enthusiastic audience of a blend of Elders, youth Secretary, Women leader, a couple of community residents and the king of the community (Ezomo II).