A former commissioner for health in Abia State, Dr. John Ahukannah has reacted to an allegation by one Dr. Charles Ukauwa on the misappropriation of N480m released by the Federal ministry of health to the State.
Ukauwa, a pioneer program manager of Saving One Million Lives(SOML) in a document released to the media, said his office spent only N74m while the rest was allegedly misappropriated.
In his response, Dr. John Ahukannah accused Ukauwa of using part of the money for jamboree and mis-advising the state leadership into buying 4 vehicles. He added that Ukauwa has remained disgruntled since he was removed from office and only seeking to lie his way back into the system.
“To the best of my knowledge, Dr Ukauwa was the pioneer program manager of SOML that I met upon arrival in the SMOH
2. The funds for SOML did not hit the state’s CBN account till sometime in May/June 2017, by which time the state EXCO was in dissolution.
3. That upon my return for a 2nd tenure 5months later, Dr Ukauwa had stepped on the toes of his promoters by using part of the initial funds for a jamboree, inclusive of mis-advising the leadership of the state into buying x4 vehicles (2 Hiluxes and 2 hiace buses all in utter disregard for the advise given by the WB/FMOH
4. That upon my return, I approached our Principal who okayed his immediate replacement with a more responsible officer who indeed took that program to an all time high where we won more cash awards for diligent application of those funds(see award photo)
5. An aggrieved Dr Ukauwa would go on to hire an office outside the SMOH and still pretended to be running an office for SOML, a scenario that occasioned an unscheduled visit by all Directors of the SMOH, led by me to that office he hired in order to evade monitoring, and where-in we found both him and his wife occupying different wings of the said building. Suffice it to say that Dr Ukauwa’s profuse apologies are still public and domiciled in the archives of the SMOH.
“Finally, am aware Dr Ukauwa has since then remained disgruntled as he had tried unsuccessfully to get onto another project, a situation that in my opinion remains untenable, having breached the trust of the state ab-initio. I am aware he imagines he can lie his way into yet another position of responsibility by lying to the new sheriffs in town.
“My simple advise to him is that public documents like those archived in the SMOH , do not lie. He should dust up his medical books, pick up his stethoscope and go and practice medicine, his core mandate and training and quit trying to malign people and manipulate Abians.”