Use recovered loot to build hospitals - Enugu monarch

By Editor on 09/07/2018

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Igwe Itodo
Igwe Itodo

As reactions continue to trail the Federal Government’s plan to disburse the recovered $322 million Abacha loot to 302,000 poor households, the patron of  Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, His Royal Highness, Igwe  Simeon Osisi Itodo, has enjoined the government to instead use both the Abacha  loot and  funds recovered from other looters to build standard hospitals in  the country.

Mr Tukur Rumar, of the National Cash Transfer Office (NTCO), had said in Abuja that the Federal Government would commence disbursement of the recovered $322 million Abacha loot through Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) to 302,000 poor households in 19 states this July.  He disclosed this at a roundtable on assets recoveryandganised by the Swiss Embassy in Abuja.
But speaking on the development during an interview in his palace, the first class traditional ruler, who was a member, House of   Representatives in the Second Republic, argued that the billions of naira recovered from treasury looters could be used to build six standard and well equipped hospitals in the six geo-political zones  to reduce capital flight caused by medical tourism among Nigerians.
Igwe  Itodo,  the Ezeoha 1 of  Essodo kingdom in Igboeze-North Council Area of  Enugu State, also bemoaned the fact that no week passed without Nigerians going overseas for medical tourism even when there are resources to build similar hospitals in the country.
He said that countries like India, Cuba, Germany, USA, UK and others have been able to develop their medicine and build state-of-the-art hospitals where people from other nations, especially wealthy Nigerians traveled for medical treatment.
He, however, emphasized that with strong, political will power, the Nigerian government could replicate such health facilities in the country and attract foreigners who would come for treatment.   
The royal father explained that the government, if need be, could name such hospitals “Looters Hospital” as a reminder to the present and future generation of  Nigerians that the funds used in establishing them were recovered during the anti-corruption war of the  President Muhammadu Buhari-led government from looters of  public coffers.
He further gave kudos to the federal government for the anti-corruption fight, stressing that  if   Nigeria should progress like other developed nations, it must minimize the high rate of corruption in the land.
He wondered why one person or few individuals would embezzle with impunity funds meant to develop the state or country.  
“The anti-corruption war is very, very fine. The government is doing it very well because I don’t see why somebody should come and steal the money that can help develop a state,” he said.

Posted 09/07/2018 06:23:56 AM


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