Imo Govt hands over Ogwa General Hospital to Owerri Diocese

By Chukwudi IkpeThe Ogwa General Hospital has been officially handed over to the Anglican Diocese of Owerri by the Imo State government.
Also, some of the 27 hospitals built by the present state government, which are yet to start functioning, were handed over to other churches and organizations.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony, which took place at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers, Government House Owerri on Monday, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha expressed pleasure over government’s partnership with private organizations.
He pointed out that government projects are better managed under the Private Partnership Programme (PPP), adding that a joint action committee has been set up to ensure a successful takeoff and management of the projects.
The governor explained that the organizations are expected to manage the hospitals as streamlined in  the partnership agreement, stressing that their performances will determine whether they will be allowed to continue.
The Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP, who said the opening prayer at the event, signed and received the partnership agreement document from the governor.
The Bishop was accompanied to the event by Archdeacons and a member of the Diocesan legal team, Barr. Kelechi Akuruka.
Earlier in her speech, the Commissioner for Health, Imo State, Dr. Mrs Angela Uwakwem, said that the exercise was a fulfillment of government’s resolve to bring healthcare closer to the people.
According to her, it started with the “Health at your doorstep” campaign to  the renovation of the health centres and then the building of the 27 hospitals.
Dr. Uwakwem explained that the organizations indicated interests to take over the hospitals and other health institutions owned by the state.
The Ehime Mbano hospital was handed over to the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe South while the Isiala Mbano hospital was handed over to Anglican Diocese of Isi Mbano.
Bishop of Okigwe South, Rt. Rev. David Onuoha and Rt. Rev. Godson Ukanwa of Isi-Mbano were both present at the occasion.
The Obowo hospital was handed over to a Pentecostal Church for their University Teaching Hospital while the Orlu hospital was handed over to Orlu United Medicals.
The Owerri West and Ngor Okpala hospitals were handed over to the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy, respectively.
The Partnership agreements involve  conscessions ranging from 15 to 25 years with monthly payments ranging from  N70,000 to N100,000 for specified number of years.
Speaking at the Bishop’s Court shortly after the event, Bishop Oparah described the new development as a good news for the Diocese and promised not to relent.
The Bishop, accompanied by the Archdeacons visited the newly acquired hospital on Wednesday.

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