Central hospital: Parliament knocks Edo Assembly over Committee’s report

Central hospital: Parliament knocks Edo Assembly over Committee’s report

A Benin-based Parliament otherwise known as “Talakawa’s Parliament”, has passed no confident vote on Edo State house of Assembly, alleging failure to make the report on why the reconstructed Central hospital, Benin public. The group took the resolution at the Human Rights House on Saturday in Benin City, five months after the Committee headed by

A Benin-based Parliament otherwise known as “Talakawa’s Parliament”, has passed no confident vote on Edo State house of Assembly, alleging failure to make the report on why the reconstructed Central hospital, Benin public.

The group took the resolution at the Human Rights House on Saturday in Benin City, five months after the Committee headed by a member of the house, Mr. Damian Lawani began its assignment.

Marxist Kola Edokpayi, leader of the body, said, the Parliament also planned to mobilize Edo People for the second phase of the protest to demand for the opening of the hospital.

He said the protest which is expected to begin on April 17th and end on April 19, 2019.

The statement, appealed to Edo people at home and diaspora to support the protest.

According to he group, a vote of no confidence was passed on the Edo State House of Assembly for not making the report of the Committee on Central Hospital public after five months.

It said, “That the Parliament should mobilize Edo People for the second phase of the protest for the opening of the 5 Star Central Hospital that was commissioned by President. Muhammadu Buhari in November 2016.

“We should also adopt other positive means to ensure that Edo State Government opens the Central hospital”, the statement said.

Recall that the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adjoto Kabiru, had raised a 3-man Committee headed by Mr. Damian Lawani to among others, investigate, make recommendations and report why the public cannot access hospital.

The Speaker made the declaration shortly after he lost his bid to secure All Progressives Congress APC ticket for Akoko-Edo federal Constituency in Edo State to the incumbent and House of Representatives member-elect, Hon. Peter Akpatason in the 2019 polls.

The previous government of Adams Oshiomhole in the State had said over N2 billion of tax-payer money had been spent to provide modern equipment for the hospital which is located on Sapele road in Benin City.

The Network of Civil society Organizations (NOCSON) and other pressure groups, sought to know the true status of the hospital housing 120-bed space.

The edifice was commissioned by President. Muhammadu Buhari in November 2016 at the twilight of Adams Oshiomhole who is now the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, amid funfair.

But, the a member of the Assembly, described the call for protest by the group as an idea in search of an adequate mode of expression”.

The lawmaker who craved for anonymity, “you are aware that there are a lot of issues about that hospital. But, “Things have started happening there (hospital).

“Obaseki is a silent worker, his approach to any problem is different from our own politicians”.

He said he will not want to give details of the Committee’s report and declined further comment on the issues that were raised by the group.

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