Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State uncharacteristically displayed angry emotions yesterday at the slow pace of ongoing construction work at Dr Simon Onwu Medical Diagnostic Centre in the state capital.
The contract for the multi-million Naira health outfit was awarded by former Governor Sullivan Chime early in his eight year administration.
The only one of its kind in the whole country, the centre on completion, is supposed to handle complex diagnostic problems for which huge sums are expended by Nigerians on overseas health institutions.
The former governor had hoped to complete it before his exit, but even months after that auspicious event, the multi-storey complex is not nearing completion.
When Governor Ugwuanyi, in keeping with his promise of “seamless continuity with the programmes” of his predecessor, visited the project site, he could not hide his disappointment at the level of work done so far.
The governor left the centre in anger complaining that work so far done was not commensurate with funds already expended on the project by government.
The governor who was taken round the complex project by the new State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Patrick Ikpenwa was at the site on spot-check of the facility.
He was not happy with shoddy job done in some parts of the projects and did not mince words in saying so. He also said that some stakeholders in the project were giving him conflicting answers to the questions he was asking, but all the same enjoined them to put their acts together and expedite action on the project with a view to completing it soon.
The governor also ordered them to utilize every material provided for the project without further delay. He also directed the appropriate authorities in the state to investigate observed encroachment on the government lands and brief him accordingly.


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