Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 December 2012

Nigeria: Mawogi-Gawu Residents Lament Over Lack of Clinic

Residents of Mawogi- Gawu community in Abaji council Saturday lamented over the difficulties they face daily due to lack of a health centre in the area.

Malam Ahmadu Tella, who spoke for the community, said residents of the community have over the years requested for a clinic but have not gotten one.

"People who fall sick are carried on motorcycles to Gawu and Lambata towns to seek medical attention. The situation is more difficult for expectant mothers as they sometimes go into labour due to the tedious journey and prefer to risk delivering at their homes," he said.

He said the community has not benefitted much from government and lamented over the deplorable state of the road linking up to Gawu village, which according to him has not been motorable for years.

"During rainy season people in this village hardly travel out to other neighbouring communities due to bad road. We are a little comfortable during dry season as farmers mobilise themselves to repair the road in order to transport their farm produce to Lambata and Gawu towns to sell," he explained.

The spokesman also complained of an abandoned one block of two classrooms primary school project and said it has caused overcrowding of pupils in classes in the school.

"The contractor came here early last year to remove the entire roofs and dilapidated ceilings from the classrooms and disappeared after putting rafter and nudging," he added.

He said despite the school's population of 156 pupils, most of them seat on the bare ground during classes.

Tella appealed to the local education authority of the council to intensify efforts to mobilise the contractor back to site to complete the school's abandoned project in order to enhance conducive learning activities.

When contacted, Press Secretary to the chairman of the council, Salihu Umar Kombo, said all the complaints will be forwarded to the council chairman for action.

Secretary of the Local Education Authority (LEA), of the council, Alhaji Hassan Suleiman, said he will summon officials of the works department of the board to ascertain the position of abandoned school project for necessary action.

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