An open letter to Mr President as he comes to Edo state to campaign for his re-election.
January 16, 2019
President M. Buhari,
Aso Rock Villa,
Two years after, Central Hospital still under Lock and Key
Compliments of the season.
In November 2018 when we heard you were coming to pay a working visit to Edo state, we issued a press release. The press release was essentially to remind you that over 2 years ago, the then Governor , Adams Aliyu Oshiomole invited you to commission a so-called “5star hospital” built and purportedly equipped by his administration. Unfortunately, you cancelled the visit.
Just this morning, we were informed you will be coming on Thursday, 17th January and the only way we can talk to you is by writing you this brief letter.
We believe it will be of interest to you to know that since your visit in 2016, the “5star hospital” has neither recorded any out-patient, nor admitted any in-patient. The building hosts only rodents and reptiles.
It is now obvious that Governor Adams Oshiomole cleverly executed the project as a scam to defraud the state and deny the people access to good health facilities, a situation that has led to hundreds of avoidable deaths.
Our concern over this despicable act, Mr. President, is not just that billions of taxpayers’ money was sunk into this phoney project, but you were persuaded to commission a non existent hospital that makes it look like you were party to the deceit and fraud.
While Edo people are now used to the fact that Adams Oshiomhole can do anything to deceive the people to enrich himself, we are embarrassed at the attempt to use your person to commission a building that has only served as a center for internally displaced reptiles in Benin City as well as a conduit pipe for milking Edo state and its people.
Finally, Mr. President we urge you to pay a second visit to the central Hospital to enable you appreciate the disappointment of the people over this central Hospital scandal of fraud and deceit. We call on you to use your office to direct relevant government agencies to commence immediate investigation and necessary action to bring the principal actors to book.
Kindly prevail on Edo State government to avail Edo people the dividends of democracy, particularly in the health sector.
CHIEF DAN OSI ORBIH
Chairman, Edo State PDP