ABSURDITY:Ogun demolishes hospital renovated by opposition Sen.Kashamu
The Ogun State Government on Tuesday demolished a Primary Health Centre at Obada in Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.
The health facility was said to have been undergoing renovation by the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
However, it was gathered that the renovation had been without government approval, which necessitated its being pulled down by government agents.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, and the chairman, Ijebu North Local Government, Mr. Adebayo Adekoya were said to have supervised the demolition exercise.
Speaking with journalists on the issue, Adekoya said the lawmaker made a mistake because he did not seek approval from either the local or state government before embarking on the reconstruction project.
He alleged that the contractor working on the site chased out staff and patients, mostly pregnant women, from the hospital, in addition to throwing out medical equipment belonging to the hospital.
He said, “About two weeks ago, there was a signboard that was erected around the health centre and it was reported to me and I said, ”No problem; if anyone wants to put up any building, they will inform us.’
“But to our surprise on Friday, immediately after the closing hours, they started pulling down the health centre without prior notification.
“When they reported to me, I was not around; thinking that a letter of approval might be on the way; but I never saw any notice or letter, only to discover that they had already begun reconstruction of the facility.
“There is no harm in doing a constituency project; but the structure in question (Obada health centre) is under my jurisdiction.”
Adekoya, however, denied the claim that the facility was abandoned, hence its renovation by Kashamu.
He added that the state government was planning comprehensive renovation of primary health centres in the state, of which the health facility was one.
Reacting to the demolition, Kashamu said he was shocked by the state government’s action, “under the direct supervision of the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye; and the local government chairman, Mr. Bayo Adekoya.”
The lawmaker, who spoke through his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, said it was true that he was renovating the health facility as part of his constituency projects, only for the state government to claim it was not informed.
He said, “We condemn this act in its entirety because we think that the APC-led state and local government officials should have put the interest of the people beyond and above any other consideration.
“We did not encroach on the property or vandalise anything as being erroneously spread by agents of the APC-led government.
“We strongly believe that governance is more about the welfare of the people and not procedures and interests, be it political or otherwise.
“Even if they said they already had plans to fix the facility, why pull it down because of some flimsy excuses?
“One would have expected them to either encourage anyone who takes the initiative to fix it or at least compete with him by building another and better facility and not to pull down the one being built, all in the name of politics.
“At the end of the day, it is the people that will bear the brunt of this executive lawlessness.”