By Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) he called for increased funding and expansion of the 104-year-old, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State.
The Director, Internal Audit of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Dauda, made the call on Monday when he led a team from the commission on an inspection tour of projects undertaken by the hospital for the 2015/16 fiscal year.
Dauda stated that the hospital was in serious need of facilities to run as a fully fledged psychiatric hospital, adding: â€œHaving gone round some projects, I can say that we are satisfied with what is on ground but there are still more to be done.
â€œThis hospital was established in 1903 by the then colonial administration. It needs urgent expansion and I believe that the only way this hospital can fulfill its mandate is for them to have increase funding.
â€œFrom what we see here, this hospital needs expansion through proper funding to enable it meet the needs of the people of Cross River and the neighbouring states including those from the Republic of Cameroun.â€˜â€™