By Tina George, Minna
Civil Society Organizations has frowned over the inability of the Governing Board of the Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA) to hold its inaugural meeting a month after its inauguration.
According to the CSOs, the failure of the Board to hold the meeting does not spell good tidings to the health sector in the state.
Speaking during a collaborative meeting with Niger State Open Alliance Open Government partnership CSO group on ‘Open Niger Health Budget’ organized by CCRHS-PAS in Minna, the State Coordinator of Global Alliance Promoters Initiative, Olasukanmi Kalejaiye expressed his dismay over the inability for the Board to sit for once.
He said that the Board was inaugurated a year and two weeks after it was declared functional, “they really need to have that meeting because if we can address the problem of primary healthcare in the state, we have addressed about 80 per cent of the challenges bedevilling the health sector.”
The Director General of Niger Open Government Partnership (OGP), Alhaji Sirajo Said assured the CSOs that the Board will soon hold its inaugural meeting as funds is being gathered to ensure that the meeting will be a success.
He stated the readiness of the state government to be more open, transparent, accountable and engage more with the citizens.