Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 December 2012

Nigeria: 'FCTA Can't Get Land to Build Own Hospitals'

The General Manager FCT Hospitals Management Board, Dr A.M Mai, last Wednesday said that FCTA as the custodian of all land in the territory is unable to get land to build its own hospitals.

He stated this when the FCT Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission, Obunike Ohaegbu led a delegation to his office in Abuja.

Mai said the land at Kugbo was meant for a general hospital according to plans from the Urban and Regional Planning but furniture makers attacked workers of the company handling the project and it was left for them, while the hospital has been relocated to Karishi.

He disclosed further that Lugbe was supposed to get a 60-bed hospital but they said there was no land to build such hospital.

The general manager said there was to be four 60-bed cottage hospitals but land was not available, adding that another hospital was earmarked for Dei-Dei by Building Materials but land was given in Niger State and the project left.

"To give us another land became impossible at Dei-Dei and that is why the hospital was moved to Shere," he said.

He said Katampe community deserves a primary health centre and advised the commissioner to also see the secretary over the issue.

Earlier, Ohaegbu had told the general manager about people encroaching on the land of Nyanya General Hospital, the request of Katampe community for a clinic and efforts made by the commission in ensuring that traffic flows freely during Nyanya Wednesday Market day.

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