Itakede-Ide is a remote community in Mopamuro local government area of Kogi State. The land is blessed with fertile land. While food is hardly a problem for the hardworking residents, they however suffered greatly from health challenges and access roads. To an average family in the community, falling sick comes with great worries, as accessing health facilities is a problem.
Except for a Mission Clinic, the only government dispensary in the community exists only in name. To make matter worse, the access road linking the community to Mopa, the council headquarters is in bad shape. During the rainy season, people of the community always abandoned the route and turns to Aghara – Iluke road, which is in another councill area for their journey out of the community.
This is why the residents could not hold back their celebration when the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo built and donated a health centre for the community; a development that has given them a glimpse of hope for their health challenges.
Residents of Itakede-Ide which is about 20 Km to the LGA headquater has for years lives at the mercy of God whenever anyone fall ill. The village located at the interior of the council area suffered years of neglect in health facilities despite producing sons and daughters who are doing well in their private endeavours or have held political positions in time past.
Narrating his choice of building the Primary Health Centre, Fanwo who had some months back graded the community road to make it motorable amidst other infrastructurural development he has donated to the Federal Constituency, said he was moved by the health challenges of the community hence the premium he placed for the quick completion of the PHC.
An elated Fanwo said he was moved to establish the centre to alleviate the pain of members of the community who often had to endure long journeys to access medical treatment.”Last year I was about developing my parcel of land for a personal building when on a particular day, there was outcry in the community that a particular person was sick and needed oxygen. before he could be rushed to the council headquarters in Mopa which is about 20 km from the community, the person had died.
“I resolved that day, that such will not happened again in my community. Hence I set aside the idea of first building a house for myself to address the health challenges of the community. The result is what you are seeing today.
“This projects is my way of giving back to the community that raised me. What you see today is the beginning of greater things from me to the community,” he said.
The representatives of the governor at the commissioning, Pharm. Jamiu Asuku, lauded the commissioner for the huge impart he had made expecially in his many personal donations and contributions to the community.
He said Fanwo has reawakened the spirit of community development in him, urging other political office holders to emulate the gestures.
“No commissioner in this administration has done any project singlehandedly like this for his community. It takes a man with a heart of gold to do this kind of project.
“I am taking this as a challenge to do same for my people and I urged others in the GYB cabinet to emulate Fanwo.”Little wonder the community celebrated during the commissioning of the health centre. They could not hold back their joy. For the residents, this was more than a project, it is a timely gift of inestimable value.
Though the Commissioner did not declared how much the health centre cost, the project was a relief to more than 200 hundred households. The residents, who celebrated with songs and dances, could not hide their joy for the commissioner easing their burden of health challenges.
The traditional ruler of the community, the Oluse of Ide, Oba Philip Ebilakun eulogized the commissioner, said the project has brought hope to them. He called on other spirited- individuals and corporate organizations to emulate him and come to the aid of the community in other aspects that could uplift their standard of living. He also urged the state government to parmanetly tackles the issues of road and electricity; which still serve as a challenge to the community.
The PHC was the brainchild of Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo who hails from the area, through his foundation, Titilayo Fanwo Foundation, (TFF), a foundation named after his late mother.
The facility has a waiting Room, consulting room, examination room, male and female wards. Each of the wards has capacity for three beds.
The centre also boasts of a weighing scale, oxygen cylinder, drip stands, photo-therapy machine, pulse oximeter, sterilising drum, thermometers, nebulizer and other medical equipments.
Representative of the community youth, Mr. Tunji Dambola eulogised the Commissioner for donating the health centre, describing his contributions to the community as immense.
“Health is wealth. And this health centre is one of our challenges; and he (Fanwo) has done it. We only hope others will emulate him and remember home.”
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