The government of Niger State has issued a call to action to the state’s 25 LGAs, urging them to take ownership of and provide adequate security for their communities’ healthcare facilities.
At a meeting in Minna for the state’s Project Coordination of the Strengthening Community Engagement and Accountability for Primary Healthcare Project (SCRAP), funded by the BudgIT Foundation, Nigeria, and overseen by the Initiative for Social Development in Africa (ISODAF), Dr. Ibrahim Dangana, the country’s Commissioner for Primary Health Care, made this appeal.
He said the state governor, Muhammad Umar Bago, had authorized the transfer of N170 million for health care facilities in all three senatorial zones as part of an initiative to reinvigorate Primary Health Care facilities.
To better position the sector to meet the health nerds of the people, Dangana, speaking through the Deputy Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Hajiya Binta Jibril, said that the Ministry will soon provide user-friendly activities by the government.
He stated, “We will ensure these facilities serve the purposes for which they are provided, but the people must own and secure these facilities.” This refers to the infrastructure in the 274 wards.
The meeting’s goal was to educate the public on how they may hold their government to account for the conditions in their neighborhoods, as stated by Gabriel Okeowo, Country Director of the BudgIT Foundation in Nigeria.
Moreover, the Executive Director of ISODAF, Mathew Oladele, stated that the initiative is currently active in 15 communities throughout six local government areas (Bida, Lapai, Bosso, Chanchaga, Wushishi, and Kontagora).