By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE House of Representatives Committee on Health yesterday promised toÂ investigate the non-release of N157 million appropriated in this yearâ€™s budget for the construction of the main administrative complex of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Alaba Ojomo, who made this known during an oversight visit to the hospital, said it was disturbing for the committee to hear that the fund which had since been approved for the project was yet to be released for the execution of the project which the contractor had mobilized funds to commence.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ahamefule Agomoh had told members of the committee that the contractor had soon after the contract was awarded commenced work without payment and has made an appreciable progress on the job while anticipating the release of fund approved for the project.
The Health Committee chairman, who expressed happiness with the level of infrastructure development in the hospital, noted that with more resources the hospital would be better placed to meet its mandate to the people of the South East.
â€œWe have seen the projects done in this hospital and they are well executed.Â We note also that there is the main project that will take care of outpatients, laboratories and other purposes.Â We believe that there is need for timely release of funds to complete the laudable projects knowing full well that it would be to the general advantage of the populace,â€ Ojomo said.
According to him, the committeeâ€™s visit to the health institution was timely and necessary in view of the 2010 budget now before the National Assembly for consideration, stressing that it would afford them the opportunity to defend appropriations to the sector.