The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has inspected some facilities in Filiya, Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State, covering health and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) .
The facilities are estimated to cost about 306 million naira.
According to the ICPC, the supervision was to ensure that the constituency projects by legislators were implemented in line with what lawmakers proposed in the interest of the people.
The bill for the execution of the projects was sponsored by a former legislator, representing Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Binta Bello.
Addressing newsmen, after the inspection, the team leader for the exercise, Superintendent, ICPC Bauchi State Office, Mr Laban Rakum, said the projects had been executed.
Mr. Rakum said monies meant for constituency projects belonged to the people and it was mandatory that the people got value for their money.
“We inspected three components of the health facility in Filiya community. One of the components is the construction of compact laboratory and furnishing awarded for N81.6 million but revised to N86.9 million.” Mr. Rakum said.
He said the other project component supervised was the construction of a Tuberculosis unit awarded initially for 60 million naira, but revised downwards to 56.8 million naira.
“The last was construction of modern mortuary awarded for 50.96 million naira. For the ICT centre, the construction was awarded for 21.44 million naira, while the supply of desktops was for 90.56 million naira, said Mr. Rakum”
Meanwhile, the ICPC official noted some defects regarding the projects inspected, but that the team would ensure that the right thing was done to correct them.
The Health Facility Officer of the inspected Filiya Primary Health Centre, Mr. Batila Alhassan, said since the mortuary was inaugurated in 2019, it was yet to be put to use because of lack of facilities to keep bodies, but that the centre had started using other facilities from January 2020.
Mr. Alhassan said since then, it had been recording the influx of patients into the facilities, which was serving 37 communities in Filiya ward and others from neighbouring Taraba communities.
“On a daily basis we received between 30 and 40 patients and most of them are malaria and hepatitis patients followed by tuberculosis,” said Mr. Alhassan.
He raised alarm over the increasing cases of hepatitis amongst patients visiting the facility, with the record of over 100 hepatitis patients that visited the facility in the last six months.
The Filiya Health Facility Officer is, therefore, calling for an investigation into the cases, so as to unravel the reason for the increase in the Hepatitis cases, while urging the state government to upgrade the facility to a general hospital.