Assembly committee to verify allegations, claims by group over hospital project in Edo
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The Edo Assembly’s Ad-hoc Committee investigating the delay in opening the ultra-modern Central Hospital, Benin for use, on Wednesday said it would verify all allegations and claims made the Talakawa Parliament.

The committee also promised to verify the actual amount accessed for the construction of the project from 2014 to 2016.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Damian Lawani, member representing (APC, Etsako-Central), announced this when the committee met with members of the Talakawa Parliament, a non-governmental organisation, in Benin.

Earlier, Kola Edokpayi, who led members of the group to the House, told the lawmakers that they still do not know why the hospital, even after completion, was still under lock and key.

Edokpayi alleged that about N1.6 billion, N3.5 billion and N5.1billion, were appropriated in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 budgets, respectively, for the construction of the hospital.

He said: “A walk around the old hospital reveals an environment that is not conducive for patients; there are not enough bed spaces, and the hospital is in a very bad state,’’ he said.

According to him, we urge the committee to do a thorough investigation, with a view to ensuring that the new hospital is opened to the public for use.

Lawani, the committee’s chairman, however, promised to verify all allegations and claims made by the group.

The Project Manager of A&K Construction Company, Mr Mark Abu, said the company handling the construction of the hospital, also presented its contract documents to the committee.

Abu told the committee that A&K Company took over the construction of the hospital after the collapse of the hospital building, adding that the company had since completed the project and was waiting to hand it over to the government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Edo Assembly had constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the delay in the opening of the ultra-modern Central Hospital, Benin for use, two years after President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated it.

The ad-hoc committee has Damian Lawani (APC-Etsako Central), as Chairman and Ojo Aisen, (APC-Owan West), Foly Ogedengbe (APC-Owan East) and Iyoha Osaigbovo (APC-Oredo East), as members.

Others are: Sunday Osazemwinde (APC- Ovia North East), Godwin Adenomo (APC-Ovia South West) and Monday Ehighalua (PDP-Esan West).

The constitution of the committee followed a petition by a group of Civil Society Organisations known as “Talakawa Parliament” to the House.

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Updated on December 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

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