By Chioma Obinna
In line with the “New Face of Imo Philosophy”
Governor Ikedy Ohakim has facilitated the rehabilitation of 27 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the 27 Local Governments Areas of the State.
The rehabilitated primary Health Centres are in Nkwogwu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area (LGA), Umukabia Ogodo in Ngo Okpala LGA, Okpofe in Ezeinihitte Mbaise LGA, Nnarambia in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Mwabosi in Ideato South LGA, Urualla, in Ideato North LGA, Nwaorubi in Mbaitoli LGA, Ekwe in Isu LGA, Awo Idemili in Orsu LGA, Orlu in Orlu LGA, Umuaka in Njaba LGA, Ogii in Okigwe LGA, Okwele in Onuimo LGA, Orsu Obodo -Oguta LGA, Mgbidi in Oru West LGA.
Others are in Omuma in Oru East LGA, Umuezeala Owerre in Ehime Mbano LGA, Osu in Isiala Mbano LGA, Umuariam in Obowo LGA, Umuihi in Ihitte Uboma LGA, Owerri Municipal LGA, Umuguma in Owerri West LGA, Mgbirichi in Ohaji-Egbema LGA, Nkwerre in Nkwerre LGA, Umuozu in Nwangele LGA, Iho, in Ikedure LGA and Ekeobi Owalla in Owerri North LGA.
Speaking at the official commissioning and hand over of the completed projects, Ohakim who also handed over equipment and drugs to each of the 27 PHCs, said the ambulances can be called by any citizen and the services are free.
“We are also handing over to each of the PHCs, a 40KVA generator, a borehole and tank, an incinerator, a double_decker refrigerator for storing drugs, diagnostic equipment and primary healthcare drugs.”
He announced the take-off of a free health programme for the people of the state with a view to minimising the burden of diseases and cost of treatment for the less privileged.
“My dear Imo people, today we are also handing over sanitation equipment and educational materials and tools to schools in the 27 Local Government Areas. Today also, 32 communities from 16 Local Governments will receive their cheques tattling N42, 234,176.02 for the execution of projects contained in their Community Development Plans under the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Projects, (CSDP) – targeted at the reduction of poverty and improving the living standards of rural poor by increasing their access to social and natural resources infrastructure services.
“This administration demonstrated its full commitment to this programme by promptly paying the sum of N100 million, as initial Government Counterpart Cash Contribution (GCCC),” Ohakim stated.
He further urged other interested communities which are yet to complete the preparation of their Community Development Plan to hasten action so that in no distant time, they will receive their own cheques. “I also urge the members of the Community Management of benefiting communities to utilise the funds for the purpose they are meant and ensure transparency and accountability.”
In his welcome remarks at the event held at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Barrister Kezie Ogaziechi noted that with all the above-mentioned projects executed as directed by Ohakim, the new face of Imo Local Governments is on ground. The Imo Local Governments are now working.
“We have equally procured 27 units of blood pressure machines, procurement of drugs for Medical Centres, procurement of hosting of National Polio Eradication Campaign, procurement of drugs for the PHCs in the 27 LGAs.
He said youths have been empowerd through the launching of Imo Youth Empowerment Programme (IYEP). ABout 10,000 youths are targetedin the first tranche. To this end, 305 youth’s co-operative societies have been registered by the government in the 305 wards in the state. Each co-operative society will have 20 youths as members and each co-operative will get take off grant of N1 million.