By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Osun State, Mr. Ali Ado Abubakar has renovated a government-owned maternity centre at Oba-Oke in Olorunda Local Government Area of the state as part of his individual community development service project.
This maternity centre, our correspondent gathered is the only health facility in the town and had been in severe state of disrepair before Abubakar, with service number, OS/16B/4965 renovated it.
The corps member, who hails from Bagwai Local Government Area of Kano State, studied Accounting from Bayero University, kano and had his primary assignment at a private school, Sundest Progressive College, Osogbo.
The orphans at Abiye Orphanage Home, Osogbo also had a taste of Abubakar’s window’s mite after he visited them and donated food items, sanitary items, learning materials and baby playing toys to them.
The vulnerable children who could not hide their excitements at Abubakar’s generous donations thanked him by displaying placards bearing inscriptions like: “Thany You Ado Abubakar for helping the vulnerable,” “Thank You For The Food Items.”
Abubakar also visited some secondary schools in the state and distributed textbooks, and national flag to the students. The corps member also donated first aid boxes and sensitized the students on prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The corps member also created Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ) club in some secondary schools in the state.
Speaking at the commissioning of Abubakar’s Oba-Oke Maternity renovation project on October 24, 2017, the traditional ruler of the town, Oloba-Oke of Oba-Oke land, Oba Adam Iyiola Bamidele Yusuff expressed happiness and commended the corps member for repairing and giving the maternity centre a face lift.
Oba Yusuff said the inidigenes of the town had been refusing to visit the maternity for medical care owing to the level of disrepair it was.
The traditional ruler disclosed that most people in the community travel to Osogbo to seek medical attention adding that since the maternity centre has been renovated by the corps member, it has been attracting better attention.
He said, “I am so happy because this is a good thing happening in my domain. When this corps member visited my palace to tell me of his intention to renovate this maternity centre, I was initially skeptical
of it possibility because this is a corps member that relies on allowance for sustenance. But I believe that whatever has been committed to God will be possible.
“We made efforts and supported him and it was possible. This renovation will encourage and attract residents of the community to make use of this health facility. The way this maternity was in total disrepair, most people in this town think they can’t receive any healing in this maternity because of how it looked but now its looking appealing, people have been feeling signs of healing on visiting it. It has to do with psychological effect.”
The monarch then appealed to the state government to build a better hospital so that residents of the community would not need to rush ailing people to far places as the state capital.
The monarch said that during the time of Bola Ige, he (Bola Ige) started a hospital but it has been abandoned since 1983.
“We want the state government to visit the abandoned hospital project and complete it. I also want other corps members to emulate Abubakar’s initiatives and generousity,” he appealed.
Also speaking, the Zonal Inspector, Osogbo Zone of NYSC, Mr. Kayode Ola Peters described the maternity renovation as satisfactory saying the health centre has been in begging stage of renovation.
“This maternity centre has been in begging stage of renovation but Abubakar saw it needful to renovate it and we (NYSC) gave him the approval. This is not only a plus to Abubakar, it is also a plus to NYSC as an organisation. We are proud of the project.”
The Zonal Inspector therefore encouraged other corps members to take a clue from this project and identify where they can contribute in developing the communities they are posted for service year.
For the Head of the Units at the maternity centre, Mrs Kupoluyi Roseline, the state government needed to complement the corps member’s efforts by equipping the facility with drugs. She bemoaned lack of
drugs at the maternity saying, “we always ask patients to get drugs outside in order to treat them. If government can equip this maternity with necessary drugs, it will really bring about quality services with the way this maternity stands.”
One of the Community Health Extension Workers at the maternity, Mrs. Felicia Oguntayo said all the rooms at the centre were renovated by the Corps member including the labour room, rest room and offices.
She said, “This place is now beautiful. All the rooms were renovated. The labour room has completely worn out but now, its looking fine. He also renovated 4 wards and offices. Also, labour room and rest room. Also, benches were repaired.”
Our correspondent gathered that the maternity centre was constructed in 2002 by the administration of a former Executive chairman of Olorunda Local government of the state, Hon. Sola Owoseni.
One of the pregnant women who visited the maternity for their antenatal, Mrs. Alice Adija commended the efforts of the corps member saying, “before now, if any of our children is sick, we don’t bring him or her here (maternity) because it was not in good condition but now, we are visiting it, that ks to our corper.”
Abubakar while speaking said he spent N381,900 on the maternity project disclosing that the monarch of the town supported him alongside companies like Armstrong paint Nig Ltd and Nazeem oil and gas Nig Ltd.
Though Abubakar did not have his primary assignment at Oba-Oke, he explained that he chose to leave the urban area he was posted to the rural area like Oba-Oke because, according to him, most people in rural areas rarely have access to quality medical care adding that he spotted the badly looking maternity centre when he visited a friend in the town.
“Since I saw it, I resolved to renovate it because I got to understand that this is the only maternity that caters for the town’s primary medical needs. To me, it was an eyesore and I decided to renovate it.
I thank God for assisting this project to completion. I also appreciate the efforts of those who sponsored the project in one way or the other. I expended N381,900 for the project,” the corps member disclosed.