Sunday, 12 June 2016

Foundation Donates Hospital To IDPs Centre In Agatu

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) centre in  Agatu local government area of Benue State got a boost when a charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO) donated a hospital facility to it.

The IDPs in Agatu had been homeless since the incessant attacks by armed herdsmen. They also lack medical care, food and other items. Their farmlands and produce have been destroyed by the suspected assailants, leading to serious hunger and starvation.

The foundation, Kelly Izuwa Nwogu Vanguard (KIN) had declared that the IDPs were facing numerous health challenges and decided to donate a N30 million hospital to solve their medical needs .

The ultra-modern hospital is located at Aila community, one of the  villages in Agatu local government that was badly affected by the heinous attacks unleashed by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen.

Health, they say is wealth and it means that if a people are faced with unsettled health challenges without proper attention, their lives are greatly affected and it would hamper rapid growth and development of the people.

Since the heinous attacks by Fulani herdsmen on Agatu communities, several persons who sustained injury are yet to receive proper medical attention just as many of the people have died due to lack of adequate funds to pursue medical treatment in urban hospitals.

The IDPs have been patiently waiting to receive proper medical care from government and public spirited individuals.

The donation of a hospital in the area by a businessman is one of the most exciting feats they have witnessed since the attacks occurred.

Performing the foundation laying ceremony in Aila community of Agatu, the Chief Executive Officer of KIN, Mr. Kelly Nwogu, explained that he was moved by the condition of the displaced persons and that it was a mark of charity.

According to Nwogu, the hospital is being built in memory of those that were massacred by the herdsmen, saying many of the IDPs were suffering from varied ailments that needed urgent medical attention.

The businessman said he would liaise with expatriates to pull development to the damaged Agatu areas, saying schools and other infrastructure would also be built in the place.

“In 2009, I could hardly feed but today I am a billionaire and that is why it is imperative to donate to the needy.

“The hospital project here in Agatu is in loving memory of those that were gruesomely murdered and this is to enhance healthcare service delivery in the affected areas. More of this would come because I will liaise with foreign partners to build schools and refurbish the destroyed homes of the displaced persons.

“In 2010, I started making little money through lessons that were been conducted to teach children, moving from house to house. I know how it feels to be poor and I know how it feels to be hungry. My best food used to be bread and butter which cost less than N100 and it was taken once in a day sometimes. My mother is crippled and on wheel chair and I used to tell her that one day, God will bring us out of poverty and today, here I am,”Nwogu stated.

He further pointed out that apart from the hospital and schools, all the houses destroyed would be renovated, attributing the gesture to the maner he was received by the people.

“This hospital project costs about N30 million and it would be provided with facilities,”he emphasised.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom  while flagging off the hospital project, described it as developmental and said it would alleviate the suffering of the people of Agatu.

The governor who was represented by his special adviser on projects and monitoring, Alhaji  Isah Usman, applauded the humility and humanitarian gesture of Nwogu and assured that the facility, when completed, would be maintained and used for the purpose it was meant.

The chairman of Agatu local government, Mr. Joseph Ngbede, said the project would ease the medical burden faced by the people.

He said adequate security had been put in place to ensure safety of the health facility and  the personnel working in the place.

On his part, the paramount ruler of the area, the Ada Agatu, Chief Godwin Onah, described the gesture as humanitarian and said members of the community would ensure that the facility is  utilised to serve the health needs of the people.

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