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Lawmaker, council chairmen bicker over ‘diversion’ of N50m medical equipment

The vice-chairman of the House of  Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, Dachung Musa Bagos (PDP, Plateau), has accused the chairmen of Jos South and Jos East…

The vice-chairman of the House of  Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, Dachung Musa Bagos (PDP, Plateau), has accused the chairmen of Jos South and Jos East local government councils of Plateau State of diverting medical equipment worth N50 million.

Bagos said the medical equipment, which is his constituency projects in 2020, was supplied through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

He disclosed that the items were supplied in 2021 but were not distributed to the various primary health care centres in his federal constituency.

Bagos said he was dismayed that his constituents were denied access to the equipment despite a letter from NPHCDA to the local government councils to distribute the items to the beneficiaries.

“This is unacceptable and it is inhuman to prevent people from accessing health equipment and items meant for their wellbeing.

“Our people are in dire need of healthcare and here we have the equipment, yet we cannot put them to use because of a few powerful individuals.

“If these items were not supplied by the agency, we would have known. The equipment was duly supplied and some people decided to divert them since 2021.”

He urged anti-corruption agencies to investigate the alleged diversion.

The chairman of Jos South LGA, Gideon Dandareng, who confirmed the receipt of the health equipment, denied that the items were diverted.

He dismissed the allegation as baseless.

He said the items had been distributed to the targeted health centres in the local government areas.