The State House of Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji has passed a resolution inviting the Commissioner for Health, the Vice Chancellor Abia State University Uturu and the Medical Director, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, ABSUTH and the Chairman of the Medical Union of ABSTH to appear before it on Wednesday next week (22/6/22) at Noon.

This followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance brought before the House by the member representing Aba South State Constituency, Hon. Obinna Ichita on the poor state of health facilities in the state and failure of the University Teaching Hospital to pass it’s accreditation in the last accreditation visit of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to the instituction.

Hon. Ichita in his motion frowned at the level of dilapidation in the health sector stressing the need for massive improvement in that area.

He lamented over the increasing number of funeral homes/ mortuaries in the state noting that funeral homes are now on the increase lucrative business in state and more in number than hospitals, urging the house to invite the Commisioner for Health to appear before it and brief the House on why Abia State University College of Medicine lost its accreditation.

In their various contributions, Member representing Ukwa West State Constituency
Hon. Godwin Adiele noted that accreditation comes in a while with the university expected to make adequate preparations for it, adding that it is a colossal loss that parents sends their wards to school and wait for years after their graduation before they are able to get their certificates.

Hon. Adiele expressed disappointment as it is not only the college of Medicine that lost their accreditation.
According to him, some who graduated from the instituction in the past three years are yet receive their certificates due to lack of accreditation of such departments.

Contributing, Hon. Jeremiah Uzosike of Umuahia South State Constituency, the Minority Leader, Hon. Chijioke Chukwu of Bende North State Constituency, who spoke in support of the motion stating that accreditation is not something you buy from the market, urging the house to invite them to explain to them what went wrong.

On the other hand, Rt. Hon. Chikwendu Kalu and Hon. Aron Uzodike were of the opinion that the appropriate body for accreditation should be invited to the house.

The Speaker Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji adopted the prayers by member representing Aba South Hon. Obinna Ichita for the aforementioned person to appear before them at plenary on Wednesday 22nd June, 2022.

In another Matter of Urgent Public Importance brought before the House by the member representing Isuikwuato State Constituency, Hon. Barr. Emeka Okoroafor that the Sole Administrator of ASOPADEC has overstayed his lawful term in office following the provisions of the laws establishing the agency, stressing that the said Sole Administrator is currently functioning illegally.
He noted that the law has it that the Sole Administrator does not stay beyond 3 months after which a new board shall be constituted.

Okorafor said that this is 7 months after the expiration of term of the Sole Administrator and urged the House to pass a resolution urging the Governor to in accordance with the Laws establishing ASOPADEC immediately dissolve the sole administration and constitute a new board.

Also speaking, Hon. Munachimso Alozie, who represents Ugwunagbor State Constituency said that the house has been sleeping without carryout their oversight functions.

The Speaker after listening to various contributions by members, constituted an adhoc committee to investigate ASOPADEC and report back to the HOUSE on Tuesday 21st June 2022.
Members of the committee includes:
Rt. Hon. Chikwendu Kalu,
Hon. Kelechi Onuzuruike,
Hon. Mike Ukaoha and
Hon. Emeka Okoroafor.

The House adjourned plenary to reconvene on Tuesday next week (21/6/22) by 10am.

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