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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fire razes federal health centre in Ondo

By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko.

Residents of Akoko have cried out over the abandonment of government projects in the area , especially buildings, meant to house key developmental facilities, which often times were razed down by inferno.
They expressed displeasure about the situation following the burning down of a multi million naira federal government heath project built in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko Northeast Local Government by bush fire at the weekend.
The project is Federal Primary Health Centre that was built by the Federal government through the constituency project of former House of Representatives member representing Akoko Northwest and Northeast Federal Constituency, Mr Stephen Olemija some years ago before he left office.
Sources said the inferno must have been as a result of indiscriminate bush burning by some unknown persons.
The project which has not been put to used is overgrown with weeds and the premises unkept, a situation which must have aided the easy and quick action of the fire.
Speaking with our correspondent, a 45-year old civil servant, Mrs Magret Owati disclosed that residents of the area made frantc efforts to put the fire under control but nobody could move nearer to it as the fence remained a very serious obstacle for them to climb.
Mrs Owati said when they called men of the Fire Services in Ikare Akoko they complained of non functional vehicle for such operation.
Speaking on the issue, an Ikare Akoko community leader, Chief Teddy Ojuolape described the fire incident as very unfortunate.
According to him a huge some of money had been expended on the project before the unfortunate incident.
He called on government to institute a probe into the fire incident to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident.
It will be recalled that a multi million naira power station of the Federal Ministry of Power was totally burnt down at Okeagbe Akoko last year due to abandonment and lack of care.

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