Residents of Kuje town in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the Council Chairman, Ishaku Shaban Tete, have made it clear that they would not allow the siting of the Ebola Emergency Centre in the town.
This came just as the Federal Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Federal Capital Territory Administration, had already began putting up structures inside Kuje General Hospital for the centre.
The threat by the residents of the town and Tete is also coming against the background of an allegation that the government had voted N20 million to bribe relevant stakeholders of the Council to ease the siting of the centre there.
Tete was believed to have vowed that nothing would make him to compromise the health and welfare of the people in his area.
“I will resist and fight anybody or institution that is trying to bring Ebola centre to Kuje, even if it will cost me my position as chairman,” Tete was quoted as saying.
The youth leader in the Area Council, Abdullahi Mohammed, also vowed to mobilise the youth and concerned members of the community to resist the siting of the Ebola centre in Kuje.
Mohammed said: “We are ready to lay down our lives for the welfare and health of the people of Kuje, instead of allowing such thing happen with our eyes wide open.”
Our correspondent reports that the Executive Secretary of the FCTA, Dr. Ademola O. Onakamayo, was at the Kuje General Hospital on Sunday to brief the medical staff, mostly nurses, on the project.
It was also learnt that a special training has been arranged for Tuesday for the nurses of the hospital on how to handle Ebola cases and patients.
Onakamayo, who drove himself in his private car to the hospital on Sunday, disguised by wearing face cap and jeans trouser.
He would not speak to newsmen, even as he accused the medical staff of leaking information about the move to site Ebola centre in Kuje General Hospital to the press.
It was gathered that a building engineer has already been given the contract to design the Ebola centre in the General Hospital by converting a part of the male ward of the hospital.
Our correspondent noted that the male ward in which the Ebola centre is being constructed is very close to the hospital’s mosque, the labour room and the laboratory. The General Hospital is surrounded by private residences.
It is an area that is always busy.