Stakeholders in Enugu East Local Government Area have lamented the dilapidated and non-functional social amenities in rural communities in the area.
The stakeholders stated this yesterday during a sensitisation programme organised by an Enugu non-governmental organisation, Divine Era Development and Social Rights Initiatives (DEDSRI).
The sensitisation campaign is being carried out under a project called Straightening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) sponsored by UKaid.
According to a community health worker, Ugwu Fidelia said the health centres in the area were in a sorry state.
She said that the prevailing circumstance had increased infant and maternal mortality in the area as no health centre had more than two qualified permanent staff or volunteers.
Also, the traditional ruler of Mbano Nike, Igwe Edward Ngwu said that there was no accountability on the part of their political representatives.
He thereby blamed the plight of the people on corruption, said that the prevailing circumstance had led to a litany of abandoned projects in the area.
According to Ngwu, communities in the area had been adjudged as one of the most backward in the state.
In her address, the Executive Director of DEDSRI, Ogechukwu Enwelum, said that the project was part of efforts to get members of the rural communities involved in governance.
Enwelum said that the SCRAP-C project was a five-year programme being implemented in six states of the federation, including Enugu state.
She said that in the state, the project would be carried out in six local government councils.
She said it was time people at the grassroots showed concern about projects executed in their communities by their political representatives at all levels.