EBONYI State Government has said it would maintain legal action against the Presbyterian Joint Hospital, Uburu, for diverting the fund given to upgrade the hospital to their own personal project .
Governor Umahi disclosed this on Wednesday, during a live broadcast at the New Government House Complex, Abakaliki, while stating that the mission hospital fraudulently used the intervention funds released to them by the past administration to establish a private university outside the state, adding that “no one would use the name of church to defraud the state”.
However, Umahi directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cletus Ofoke, to institute a legal action against the Presbyterian Joint Hospital, Uburu, over the matter.
It would be recalled that the state government had last month, took over the administration of the mission hospital after the expiration of the 100 years lease given to the hospital by the Uburu community in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.
Umahi further said that the state government expended the sum of N4b in the construction of the hospital, adding that the government is moved to handover the hospital to alleviate the bed space problem of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
He noted that he was moved to pity to handover the hospital when he visited the hospital and observed with dismay the condition of some patients who had to sleep on bare-floor and on benches after they had been discharged.