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Oguta Hospital Named after Nzeribe, Inaugurated By Uzodinma

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has honoured late Sen. Francis Arthur Nzeribe, a son of the State and of Oguta extraction by naming the newly inaugurated 42-bed General Hospital in Oguta after the deceased politician.

The governor pleaded with the local stakeholders and traditional leaders to protect the facility.

As part of the honour bestowed upon the late statesman, the Governor used the occasion of the inauguration to commission a bridge connecting the Oguta village to his home in addition to renaming the hospital Senator Arthur Nzeribe Memorial General Hospital, Oguta.

In an elaborate ceremony at the old Oguta General hospital where the brand new one was built the Governor said, “honouring past heroes of Imo State like Senator Arthur Nzeribe became necessary since he showed the way and others followed.”

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd that trooped out to grace the occasion, Uzodimma expressed joy that, ‘for once the three Local Governments Oil Producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Oru East are having General hospitals built through the 13 per cent oil derivation as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic as amended.’

He regretted that instead of the 13 per cent oil derivation money becoming a blessing to the communities, “the reverse was the case, as more often than not, the inhabitants of oil producing areas were not well taken care of.”
He decried the fact that for more than 24 years of the birth of the 13 per cent oil derivation law, “evidence has shown that in all the years, nothing in terms of development of the environment and the people is pointed at anywhere, rather the people are allowed to suffer and the youths blackmailed and neglected and even tagged criminals.”

Uzodimma explained: “As a result of the neglect of the youths, all we get from the areas are thuggery, banditry, and nobody bothers to know the root cause of the bad behaviours of the young men.

“Instead of the leaders in the areas coming out clean and being vocal to give reasonable answers on the bad behaviours of the youth, they hide under the peanuts they receive from the oil companies to deny their people their rights.

“Any nation that is not interested to provide sufficient welfare for her youths upbringing and development, that nation is doomed to fail.”

He reiterated that when he became Governor of Imo State in 2020, he looked at the parlous situation and vowed that the narrative must change, insisting that, “our young men and women must be carried along and the oil producing communities deserving of the best and must get it.”

Uzodimma said to achieve common good it occurred to him that, “the only way to provide a proper welfare package to the oil producing youths, men and women is by teaching them how to fish and not by dashing them fish.”

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The governor said on understanding the root cause of the problem, “a comprehensive assessment of all that is concerned is to establish and reduce the infrastructural deficit in the area,” noting that “this can only be by establishing those things that will elongate their lives and make them feel that actually oil is being produced in their area.”

“Many of the youths are addressed as touts because government, their leaders and Stakeholders have not been able to speak for them,” a narrative he said he is determined to change.
He said globally today, “there is a new world order, and the new world order is about creative thinking and evolution of progress and success hinged on the fact that ideas rule the world.
“This implies that it is better for you to know the problem of the people and how to solve it, and only then the society will thank you and you become their hero.

“There is need to create heroes with enterprising spirit which an average Igbo man is known for and which is gradually disappearing and must be reawakened.

“The enterprising spirit is what our fathers and forefathers is known for.”

Governor Uzodimma charged every politician in Orlu zone who believes that politics is about welfare as well as the people, to “emulate the late Senator Arthur Nzeribe who exemplified quality leadership and a role model while on earth.”

He informed the audience that the reason for establishing the hospitals in the affected communities was because, “75 per cent of deaths in the oil producing areas are avoidable, hence the people of the areas must be allowed access to good and quality health facilities.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of  ISOPADEC Board, HRH, Prof. Dele Amuzienwa Odigbo, thanked Uzodimma for remembering the people when it mattered most.

The Eastern Updates


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