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Bongo Health Center Closed Down Following Mob Action

2005-09-21 13:43:50
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The Zorko health centre in the Bongo district of the Upper East Region, has been temporarily closed down, and work on a ¢672,393,072.00 2-bedroom semi-detached nurses’ quarters has also been suspended.
The health coordinator of the Catholic Church, Mr. James Tobiga, who disclosed this to The Chronicle in an interview at Bolgatanga, said the closure of the centre and the suspension of work on the nurses’ quarters became necessary because a mob of irate youth, led by the Assemblyman, Mr. Emmanuel Akafare, stormed the project site and caused extensive damage to the building, which was under construction.

Mr. Tobiga said the family of the Assemblyman had written a petition to the Bishop, alleging that the Church was illegally developing a five-acre land belonging to the family, that the land in question had not been properly acquired and as a result, no compensation has been paid.

He however produced documents on the acquisition of land covering the residence of the parish priest, the mission and the health centre and also the present site where the nurses’ quarters was being constructed, and said the whole land area had legally been acquired by the Church between 1935 and 1974.

The health coordinator said the secretariat was therefore surprised to receive a petition leveling allegations against the Church for the illegal development of the land.

Mr. Tobiga said the vision of the Church is to spread development to every part of the region, and it is for that reason the Church has continued to make numerous investments in the provision of educational infrastructure like classroom blocks, and particularly, healthcare delivery.

According to him, the Zorko heath centre, which was built by the Catholic Church several years ago, is providing healthcare to over eight communities within and surrounding the Zorko area.

He told The Chronicle that the decision taken by the Church to close down the health centre and suspend work on the nurses quarters would not be reversed until the matter is resolved, and that the contractor had also been asked to stay out of sight until then.

Commenting on the situation, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Francis Akurugu Asampana, lamented that it was rather unfortunate an elected Assembly member, who was supposed to lead his people to undertake development in the area to improve their own living standard, had rather taken the law into his own hands by leading the youth to cause damage to the property of the health centre.

Mr. Asampana promised that his office would do everything possible to find an amicable solution to the problem.

source: chronicle

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