Barely 24 hours after SaharaReporters’ story on an abandoned hospital construction in Adamawa State, the contractor, Unpopular Nigeria Limited, owned by Adamu Kamale, remobilised to site on Wednesday.
Kamale, a former federal legislator (Michika/Magali constituency), is also the newly elected Deputy Financial Secretary of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
SaharaReporters had reported on Tuesday that Gombi community in Adamawa State asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the abandoned hospital project.
Unipopular Nigeria Limited, a company owned by Adamu Kamale, a friend of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, had allegedly abandoned the construction of a cottage hospital after being paid N180 million for the project.
Besides claims of abandoning the project, a stakeholder, Bari Gideon, questioned the quality of work done.
Gari Gideon, an engineer, who spoke for his organisation, Gombi for Change, described the quality of work done so far on the cottage hospital as questionable.
He said, “The structure that has been put up so far is leaking and the time to remedy it is this raining season when leaking points could be detected and corrected."
On Wednesday, the contractor hurriedly mobilised workers to site, as they were seen performing one task or the other.
A source, who claimed to be privy to the issue, said, “The story was rattling, particularly the community's demand for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the alleged abandoned hospital construction.”
It was gathered that the state government, disturbed by the story, enlisted select journalists to take a tour of the project site to verify the issues raised by the Gombi community stakeholders about the project.
One of the journalists who visited the site told SaharaReporters, “We arrived at the site in Gombi to see few workers; scampering and running helter-skelter to fix one thing or the other.”