By Dennis Agbo
The Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, CRRAN, has threatened to drag the Enugu state government to court for failure to put into use the completed state Medical Diagnostic center located at the old Trade Fair ground in Enugu.
In a pre-action notice the group wrote to the state government and made available to newsmen, on Thursday, the President of CRRAN, Mr. Olu Omotayo described the refusal by the state government to equip the multi-million naira center as reckless and a deliberate waste.
Omotayo regretted that the complex housing the Diagnostics Center has been overgrown with weeds in the center of the city, saying it was an eyesore.
He said that the center is equipped would have solved various health needs of the citizens of Enugu State in particular and Southeast Nigeria as a whole.
Omotayo recalled that it was the group’s court action against the regime of former Governor Sullivan Chime, that forced the then government to complete the construction of the Diagnostics Center, which it had earlier abandoned at the foundation level.
Armed with the information that former Governor Chime had awarded the contract for the supply of the equipment for the Diagnostics center, and some of the equipment arrived in the state but was kept in an unknown location, CRRAN filed a suit against the Enugu State Government over its’ refusal to equip the Diagnostics Center.
The Organisation in the facts in support of the suit stated that the Contract for purchase of medical equipment for the commencement of operations of Diagnostics Center was awarded and public funds made available for that purpose but the funds were diverted for personal use hence the reason for non completion and the subsequent abandonment of the project till date.
“But the State government hides under guise that it was using the center as an isolation center at the outbreak of Covid 19, pandemic and that after the pandemic the center will be equipped to take care of medical needs of the people of Southeast Nigeria. The pandemic is no more; no human activity in the complex and it has been overgrown with weeds.
“This letter also serves as Pre action notice to the state government that if the center is not made functional for the purpose for which it was built, before the end of October 2022, we shall commence another round of legal action against the government because we firmly belief that the Project if completed will solve various health needs of the citizens of Enugu State in particular and Southeast Nigeria as a whole.
“The government has clearly shown since our correspondences with it in 2020, that it is not ready to equip the Diagnostics Center with necessary medical equipments so that the center can commence operations to start serving the citizens.
“We submit that the hallmark of democracy is that government must be accountable to the citizens and also know that it is its ‘duty to provide necessary medical facilities needed for the wellbeing of the citizenry,” Omotayo said.