Adamu Idris Manarakis, a Minna-based local dialect coach after his visit to Katakpa community in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State, penned a harrowing message to Abubakar Sani Bello, the state governor.
Majorly teaching Nupe language, Manarakis revealed that only one teacher was available in Katakpa primary school. According to him, three goats took the place of health workers in an abandoned Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) in the community.
Manarakis said he decided to visit the community following a tip-off by Shuaibu Katakpa, one of his loyal followers on social media.
“If we want good governance we must check ourselves thoroughly,” Manarakis writes. “Sincerely, Katakpa community is in serious pains enjoying the neglect of government.”
Aside from the dearth of health workers in the community’s PHC, the local dialect coach bemoaned the dilapidated structure of the facility. Bad road network and lack of electricity were other predicaments of the villagers.
“A Primary Health Care Centre in Katakpa, under Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State, is facing serious challenges of no nurses, no health facilities, wards spoiled and the hospital is collapsing due to less attention paid to it by the current administration of Abubakar Sani Bello, the Executive Governor of Niger State,” he adds.
The facility, Manarakis revealed, was erected by governor Bello’s predecessor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
About the primary school, he said, “the only social service in the village is a Primary School with one headmistress as a staff and an N-Power Arabic teacher from a neighbouring Village. The teacher is no longer coming due to the stopped [sic] of N-Power and the community is only left with their daughter doing everything by herself.”
“This situation has left the lives of the residents in trouble. In times of good health facilitators, good healthcare, getting a better place for patients treatment and losing their social amenities.,” he continues.
Perhaps as a way to get out of the demeaning condition, Isah Aliyu, the village head of Katakpa, according to Manarakis has been at the forefront, encouraging his subjects to do their voters’ card registration.