How 15,000 people are denied basic healthcare in Yobe - Report

How 15,000 people are denied basic healthcare in Yobe - Report

- A report has revealed how 15,000 people are denied basic healthcare in a community in Yobe state

- The health center located in Machina community has no doctor, no electricity and people die because there are no basic amenities in the community

- The Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) was indicted in the report

A documentary by Connected Development (CODE) through its Follow The Money initiative and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiENigeria) has revealed how 15,000 people are denied basic healthcare in a community in Yobe state.

Machina, a hard-to-reach community close to the Niger Republic border, has only one primary healthcare centre.

The facility lacks electricity, running water, secondary medical personnel, medical equipment and dr*gs; and is being managed by community health extension workers.

In 2017, the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) was said to have appropriated a primary healthcare centre with solar-powered borehole system in Machina.

Nigeria's vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, sits on the board of BCDA as its chairman. gathered that till date, the project has not implemented, leading to the loss of lives of some members of the community.

In a ten-minute emotional documentary aired in Abuja on Wednesday, December 5, the leaders and people of the community lamented over their fate, revealing that no contractor has been to Machina to carry out the project since last year.

Speaking to on the sidelines of the event and asked the biggest lesson for the Follow The Money team on Machina, Founder of CODE, Hamzat Lawal said: "For us, the biggest lesson we learnt is that we must not stop amplifying the voices of marginalised communities. Because, people are actually dying. Women, pregnant women, children below five years, infant children are dying.

“And for us, it is our responsibility as citizens to keep pushing government to act and holding government to account on her mandate.

“And Machina is a unique community, because this is a community that money was budgeted under the Border Development Agency, so for us, we must continue because we have seen a case where communities have been budgeted for, funds have been released and reallocated, tenders have been published, yet the money did not find its way to Machina community. So, for us as citizens, we must not relent.”

Asked how the Machina success story will be replicated in other communities across the nation, Lawal said: “Machina’s story is now inspiring other communities, particularly to ensure that when government promise, they follow through on those promises but particularly, to use the case of Machina to conscientize citizens and other community members to see that there are consequences when they don’t take actions through their votes.”

Watch the documentary below:

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Meanwhile, Civil Society Organisations led by Say No Campaign Nigeria on Thursday, December 6 staged a rally in Abuja to commemorate the 2018 World Anti-Corruption Day with the theme: Every No Counts.

The CSOs say they are staging the walk to educate Nigerians on the ills of corruption and to strengthen their resolve to say no to the menace of corruption in Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists at the sidelines of the rally, the convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu, urged Nigerians to rise up and ensure that they say no to corruption. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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