The traditional ruler of Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, has lamented the neglect of health facilities in riverine communities in the state.
The royal father, who stated this in Igbokoda during the donation of medical equipment and other facilities to the community by Ilaje community in Houston, United States of America, decried the decay of health facilities in the area.
He, however, commended the association for the donation which included: medical boat, ambulance, school materials and public toilet.
Odidiomo said the gesture would go a long way in providing quality healthcare for the people of the coastal community.
He said: “ The general hospital in this local government area is empty. We have a local government area that has six health centres, may be only one is functioning among them. That is the situation we find ourselves in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.”
Also speaking, the president of the group, Mr. Kayode Enigbokan, said the group made the donation as a way of contributing to the development of the community where they grew up, saying that the gesture was not influenced by political affliation.
“ We are Ilaje sons and daughters living in Houston, United States. We levied ourselves in order to carry out this project so as to make our own contribution to the development of our town,” he said.
The group leader disclosed that the items were worth over N50 million.
The chairman of the local government area, Mr. Agunla Omomowo, in his remarks, described the gesture as a challenge to his administration, pledging to consolidate and complement it by providing necessary amenities in communities in the council area.