Parliament threatens hunger strike over abandoned Benin hospital, others

Members of a Benin-based right group, ‘Talakawa’s Parliament’ have threatened to embark on hunger strike over the abandoned 5 star Central hospital in Benin City, Edo State Capital. The Speaker of the Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, said this while briefing on Thursday in Benin City where he hinted on plans to keep vigil at the


Members of a Benin-based right group, ‘Talakawa’s Parliament’ have threatened to embark on hunger strike over the abandoned 5 star Central hospital in Benin City, Edo State Capital.

The Speaker of the Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, said this while briefing on Thursday in Benin City where he hinted on plans to keep vigil at the hospital complex and occupy the Street upon the expiration of a 7-Day ultimatum given to the government to put the facility to use.

MARXIST KOLA EDOKPAYI ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ON THURSDAY IN BENIN CITY
EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI

Edokpayi, lamented all entreaties to the State governor, Godwin Obaseki to accede to their request to disclose the true status of the multi-billion hospital which was established in 1906.

Recall that the hospital was upgraded by a former governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Commissioned by President Muhammadu on November 7, 2016, amid funfair.

“We are going to embark on hunger strike in protest of the failure of the government to open the hospital.

“Since 2017, we have written several letters on this matter. Why should Edo people be denied good healthcare?

“The governor of Edo State has not even set up a Committee to probe what is wrong with the place.

” Even though he – Mr. Godwin Obaseki was the Chairman of the State economic team when Oshiomhole was governor of the State, adding that “They cannot continue to deceive us. We are not people”.

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“There is no way Governor Godwin Obaseki can distance himself from the 5 star Central hospital, the Benin water storm project, the failed water fountain at the Museum ground in King square because tax payer money were used for the projects”, he said.

The Speaker of the Parliament, however tasked governor Godwin Obaseki to withdraw his assent to the bill criminalising electricity theft which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly led by Mr. Kabiru Adjotu, for the sake of “public interest”.

He accused the leadership of the Assembly of embarking on a wild goose chase by passing the bill which fails to address epileptic power supply by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) which he claimed is not a reliable institution to trust. 

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CENTRAL HOSPITAL COMPLEX, BENIN CITY
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