Busted: Sen. Shehu Sani inserts completed healthcare in 2018 budget

The healthcare facility sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani in Gadani, Rigachikun, Kaduna Central District is yet to be used
The healthcare facility sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani in Gadani, Rigachikun, Kaduna Central District is yet to be used

A completed N40 million healthcare facility in Gadani, Rigachikun LGA of Kaduna state has been reinserted in the 2018 Budget by Senator Shehu Sani, residents claim.

The residents Rigachikun in Kaduna Central say the healthcare project which has been completed is yet to used by them, but more disturbing, is that Mr Sani will add the project again in 2018.

According to a report by transparency platform, Tracka, the community predominantly made up of farmers are yet to use the completed health care facility.

“But the irony is that, despite completion, the only primary healthcare facility in the community remains unused by people of the community,” Tracka said in its report.

According to a Tracka Project Tracking Officer, Dauda Ahmed, the project was tracked to ensure that community members are not denied of their civic rights to basic amenities and to improve their standard of living.

Senator Shehu Sani has inserted a completed healthcare projects in the 2018 budget
Senator Shehu Sani has inserted a completed healthcare projects in the 2018 budget

In September 2018, Mr Ahmed beamed searchlight on federal constituency projects in Kaduna Central in a bid to educate the residents about the projects in their community.

Tracka engaged the youths and elders of the community in a town hall meeting to educate the residents on the provision of a public health care facility.

“In line with this, the residents affirmed that the construction of a Primary Health Care Centre for N40 million which was captured in 2017 federal government budget was ongoing in Gadani, a village under the supreme of Rigachikun town.

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“It will surprise you to know that the Primary Health Care was captured in 2017 budget which was completed the same year, but it was recaptured in the 2018 federal government budget again as completion for another N40 million naira. Despite insertion of the line item in 2017 and 2018 budget by Sen. Shehu Sani, the PHC remains stagnant.

Rigachikun LGA residents are yet to have access to the N40m healthcare facility sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani
Rigachikun LGA residents are yet to have access to the N40m healthcare facility sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani

“One of the responsibilities of government is to provide Primary Health Care to ensure quality basic health care services are delivered to the residents and ensuring all citizens stay healthy and get medical attention when in need but reverse is the case in Kaduna Central Senatorial District where healthcare project was under lock and key despite completion,” Ahmed explained.

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