The Edo State government says the state-owned Library complex on Sapele road, Benin City, had become a habitat for rodents before it was demolished by the Government in the last quarter of 2021.
Recall that one of the branches of new Generation Bank, a law firm, the defunct Stock Exchange annex were formerly within the Library complex, was built during the tenure of Lucky Igbinedion who governed the State between May 29, 1999-2007.
Mr. Crusoe Osagie, special Adviser to the State governor on Media Projects made the assertion at an interactive with journalists in Benin.
According to the Governor’s aide, the building was brought down by Government to pave the way for a proposed ultra modern shopping complex that would have a library facility.
He described the Government decision which had initially generated much hoopla, as a progressive move despite the sentiments that were expressed by some Nigerians.
Osagie also allayed fears over the demolition of the 106-year-old Benin Central Hospital and Edo Specialist Hospital whose pricing has generated wrinkles on the gentle face of history.
“Don’t worry about the pricing. They are doing something to ensure that everyone can access the charges at Edo Specialist Hospital.
“The purpose of building a hospital is to give people access to healthcare, not just the structure alone.
“And today, go into Stella Obasanjo hospital in Benin City and see the work that is going on there. We are essentially tearing the place apart and building more infrastructure to take more patients”, he assured.
The Governor’s aide also enjoined residents of the State to enrol for Edo Health Insurance scheme
Instead of been entangled in the web of contradiction.
“If you have your Edo Health scheme, it can admit you into not just government hospitals, but private hospitals. Why are we complaining when we have the solution.
“The problem is that people have stopped trusting. Government. Edo Health Insurance scheme is not met for government officials alone
“That we removed a derelict hospital and channeled the people there to where they have a decent healthcare. I think it is a good move”, Osagie stressed.
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