BY Chioma Obinna
ABUJA—Members of the House Representatives’ Committee on Health have decried the slow release of budgeted funds for capital projects in the 2012 budget on health, accusing Federal Government of stalling implementation of projects that would have been implemented this year.
To this end, the lawmakers have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently release funds to the various health institutions and agencies for accelerated development of the sector as well as ensure completion of all ongoing healthcare projects.
The committee made the called weekend in Lagos during its oversight visit to federal health institutions and agencies in Lagos State and the rest of the South West states to ascertain the level of implementation of 2012 budget in these institutions, describing it as poorly implemented.
The committee members who spoke while on their oversight function to all health institutions and agencies in Lagos and the South West states expressed their displeasure that 70 per cent of capital projects in the 2012 budget for health agencies and institutions were yet to be implemented.
The committee members inspected projects at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos, NOHIL and the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Ebute-Metta.
The tour of the projects also took the committee to Owo, Ado-Ekiti, Ibadan and Abeokuta in Ogun State.
Addressing journalists, two members of the House Committee on Health, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai representing Ndokwa-Okwani Federal Constituency of Delta State and Dr. Joseph Kigbu of Lafia Obi Federal Constituency in Nasarawa, said speedy release of funds would ensure speedy implementation of projects.