As reactions continue to trail the decision of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Apostle David Nweze Umahi to transform the health sector in the state through rapid overhaul of all existing health infrastructure, Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze Aka Ada Ebonyi, has expressed deep appreciation to the governor over the decision.
In a statement circulated to media houses in Abakaliki, Lady Monica who serves as Technical Assistant (TA) to the governor on media described the decision as one of the best things that has happened to Ebonyians in recent times considering the huge resultant effects of investing on health for the overall well-being of the citizenry.
The Ebonyi State government had publicly announced its preparedness to set up more isolation/treatment centres by completing the construction of all hospitals and health centres across the state and equipping them with state-of-the-arts facilities in line with NCDS protocol and in a bid to stern the tide of Covid 19 spread in the state.
To that effect, Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze who is also the Founder and President of David Umahi Nweze Akuburoah Ebonyi Transformation Agenda (DUNAETA), a Non Government Organisation (NGO), said the State Executive Council has constituted a committee to review all contracts and direct labour works in each of the General Hospitals for speedy and effective implementation of the decision according to specifications.
The public announcement reads:
“The Ebonyi State Government in a bid to establish more Isolation/Treatment Centres to tackle Corona virus pandemic, has decided to complete the construction of all the General Hospitals of the state and equip them in line with the Protocols of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).State Executive Council of 9th June, 2020 has therefore constituted a committee to review all contracts and direct labour works in each of the General Hospitals.”
The announcement further directed all contractors who have valid claim on work done in any of the General Hospitals to appear before the Committee from 10th June to 26th June 2020 for joint measurement/evaluation.
” … that any claim not validated within this period shall be referred to the State Fiscal Responsibility Commission to handle in line with the Laws of the State”.
“After verification, all uncompleted projects shall be henceforth completed by the State EXCO Direct Labour Committee on Renovation of General Hospital Projects, headed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Human Capital Development and Monitoring; Mrs. Ann Aligwe and under the supervision of the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly (EBHA), who shall also equip the General Hospitals and get them ready for COVID-19 emergencies in the State.”
Commending the governor for the initiative and his penchant for always putting his people first in the art of governance, Lady Monica said Apostle Dave Umahi has demonstrated undisputed expertise and wide experience in public service with timely results for the general good.
Ada Ebonyi said the facilities when completed will continue to be useful even after the Covid 19 pandemic and called on community leaders and youth groups to give every needed support to contractors for the speedy and timely completion of the projects in their domains.
While urging residents to continue to give every necessary support to the State Government under Gov. Umahi, Lady Monica tasked them to guard and protect government projects cited in their communities with utmost jealousy for steady optimum output, stressing that in his common attribute of putting the people first, the governor will continue to take far-reaching and result oriented decisions in the service of God and humanity.