It is a fact that successive governments in Nigeria are known to abandon projects and constructions that at some points monies were appropriated for. Some of these projects were conceived with the intention of wanting to better the lives of members of the society; unfortunately, at some points these once ‘good intentions’ are forfeited for various reasons.
One of such abandoned project is the gigantic Cottage Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja. The pace at which work started at the site gave members of the community hope of a good hospital; a hospital that will relieve the pressure on the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) and bring healthcare delivery closer to the people of the surrounding communities. Unfortunately, that hope has long been dashed. It’s been over 7 years since the project was abandoned; the structure has become a hideout for all manner of criminals; a situation that has become a major source of concern to members of the community. There is no explanation as to why the project has been abandoned.
The surrounding environment of the proposed Cottage Hospital is fast assuming the similitude of a lake. At this point one is left to worry and to ask; how long must government continue to sink monies into projects and still allow these projects to come to nothing? Mere long at the project, no doubt provides a rough estimate of hundreds of millions that must have gone down the drain. For how long must this continue?
It is important for the government to revisit this project. The Federal Ministry of Health, particularly the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCDA, should be called to action.
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