Many more lives in the Niger Delta region would be touched through the programme and projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) as its funding improves.
The Ondo State Representative on the Governing Board of the Commission, Barrister Benson Amuwa, said this while speaking at the flag- off of the Free Medical Programme in Igbobini, Ese Odo Local Government Area and Igo, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
During the programme, which was organised in collaboration with Universal Medical Foundation and Pro-Health International, over 6,000 residents of the riverine communities of Ondo State received free medical services.
Barr. Amuwa urged the people to cooperate and support the medical teams to work effectively, promising that NDDC is determined to bring healthcare to the doorstep of the people.
However, he appealed to the Federal Government for the quick release of funds to NDDC for the present governing board to achieve its mandate of completing all ongoing projects.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Olu of Igbobini, Oba Oyedele Raphael represented by High Chief Olasehinde Ajele, commended the NDDC for its gesture. “We appreciate what you are doing for us, it is very very great, we thank you very much”, he noted.
According to the paramount ruler, this is the first time any government is carrying out this kind of free medical programme in these communities, calling for more people-oriented projects and programmes in riverine communities of the State.
Leader of the Pro-Health International medical team, Dr Livinus Martins, said the one-week programme saw cases from consultancy, dental, eye care, eye surgery, laboratory test, among others were treated as well as the distribution of drugs to the people.