Fiscal Responsibility: Commission sad over project completion delay at Federal Medical Center, Owerri


By Onyekachi Elemba, Owerri

Charles Abana, the Head of Legal Investigation and Enforcement Unit and Leader of FRC delegation to Imo while on inspection of some projects in the  FMC  Owerri, said the delay was caused by the  Coronavirus-induced lockdown as well as the recent nationwide EndSars protests.

He appealed to the contractors of the projects not to be discouraged by the high cost of building materials, but to ensure that every fund released by the government was judiciously expended.

Abana went on: “We are in South-East specifically to inspect federal government funded projects, we will inspect eleven projects in the zone which will include the second Niger Bridge.”

He said the delegation observed some contract variations in the projects due to high cost of building materials, but however, advised the contractors to ensure they justify money released to them before talking about contract variation.

“Our observations are that there are critical projects going on in FMC Owerri which needed to be completed immediately, we are going to include them in our report and advice the government properly”, he said.

The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Center, Owerri Kinsley Achigbu, appealed to the federal government to ensure money was released for the completion of critical projects in the centre.

He enlisted some of the challenges in the hospital to include bed space for patients, inadequate funding among others.

He commended the team for the visit, while also expressing optimism that the visit would translate to good virtue in the hospital.

The contractors of the various projects inspected raised the issue of fund delay, high cost of materials and contract cost variation.

The team inspected Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Specialists Outpatient Building, Renal Dialysis Center among others.