BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU – GOVERNOR Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has affirmed his determination to partner with Ndi Igbo in the Diaspora to carry out meaningful projects in Igbo land.
The governor made this known through the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fidelia Akpa, during the launching of Mobile Diagnostic and Surgical Unit and Ambulance donated by a group, known as the 100 Igbos in USA for Ndi Igbo in Nigeria, in honour of late Dr. Nlogha Okeke of the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre.
He noted that the event was the first time in the history of the state that Igbo sons and daughters in diaspora had come together to make such a gigantic donation.
Chime expressed hope that the equipment would be put to adequate use by health workers, adding that they would be better utilized in the rural areas.
Earlier in an address, the wife of Dr. Nlogha Okeke, Mrs. Ifeoma Okeke, thanked the 100 Igbos in USA for carrying on the legacy of her husband, whose vision for the advancement of medical practice was unique and had impacted positively on the lives of many Igbo-speaking doctors.
She assured the group that whatever advancement they brought through the Eastern Nigerian Medical Centre would benefit all Igbo people regardless of state of residence.
Mrs. Okeke noted that the hospital was being operated on a non-profit basis and did not share any of its profits but rather ploughed it back into the needs of the hospital.
In a goodwill message, the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by Dr Ann Ndu of the University Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, commended the 100 Igbos USA for the gesture and called on other Igbos in other parts of the world to emulate them.
Speaking on behalf of the 100 Igbos USA, Dr. Clem Nwosu noted that the health facilities donated by his group were for all Igbos and should be moving to Igbo speaking areas in Nigeria for service delivery.
He added that the donation was made in honour of late Dr. Nlogha Okeke who had left legacy in the field of medicine, adding that the group had medical missions in some Igbo speaking states carried out other initiatives and had intended to transfer technology in the area.
The highlight of the event was the explanation of the use of the Mobile Diagnostic and Surgical Unit by Rev Tom Sizychowawicz of the “Buses International”, one of the foreign groups that sponsored the projects of the group.