By ENWONO ELISHA
Representatives of Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, Abuja on Thursday 13th May, visited member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Rt.Hon. Mark Esset to foster ways of facilitating community development in the area, including completion of the only General Hospital in the local government abandoned for 20 years.
Speaking, the PPDC Programme Director, Mr. Onyekachi Chukwu said PPDC team has visited many local governments in the State since 2019, identifying the challenges peculiar to each of the communities as well as draw critical stakeholders’ attention to solving those challenges.
He added that Nsit Atai was identified with the need of an existing General Hospital which he said , Nsit Atai people are in dire need of.
“During one of our community engagements last year in Nsit Atai, we realised that one of the outstanding needs of the people is a General Hospital which has been abandoned for sometimes now.
“We are already happy to hear that you as their representative have pushed for the General Hospital project which has been added in the 2022 budget. We are encouraging that it is executed and implemented on time for the good of the people as they are eagerly waiting for it.”
Responding, Rt. Hon Mark Esset commended the Organisation for their community concerns and spreading it through the 31 LGAs of the State.
He added that few projects worthy of mention in the area can be referenced to collaborations with community-concern NGOs.
The Lawmaker urged communities to always cooperate with partners who are willing to draw development to their respective communities. He expressed willingness to liaise with the organisation in future to attract life-touching projects to the area and State at large.
Meanwhile, Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC which will be in existence for 20years by 2023, is a citizen sector organization that seeks processes and over the years has trained and mobilized various groups and the Public Procurement Act 2007 that required citizens’ participation in procurement governance and performance. They are also responsible for the inclusion of clauses within improved integrity in public sector governance especially related to procurement to promote increased citizen’s participation in governance in a way that supports individuals to observe and report on the public procurement process.
Other members of the PPDC present were; Mr. Olise Onwuka, Communications Lead and Mr. Kufre Etuk, Akwa Ibom State Community Based Monitor.