In response to a peaceful roadside demonstration by residents, the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Thursday, visited Miringa town in Biu local government area to open a medical centre.
The health facility was said to have been funded by Chevron Nigeria Limited through collaboration with an Agbami Group.
It was completed and virtually commissioned in October 2020, but had no staff and, therefore, was not put to public use.
On Tuesday, dozens of residents in Miringa town stood by the roadside while Governor Zulum’s convoy was heading to Biu town from Buratai displaying placards urging the governor to open a medical centre that was left unused since 2020, when it was completed.
Blueprint gathered that the governor alighted from his car, interacted with the residents and thereafter promised to address their need within 48 hours.
Zulum then directed the Ministry of Health and the Special Adviser on Projects Monitoring and Evaluation to relocate a team and mobilise resources for the purpose of assessing the facility, fixing any problems, and putting the centre to public use.
To see things for himself, the governor was in Miringa, and during his inspection of the facility, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Prof. Mohammed Arab Alhaji, said his team had repaired some leakages found from ceilings and was deploying two nurses to join 41 community health workers deployed from a neighbouring health care centre.