A group in Edo State, under the aegis of the Masses Eye (ME) yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the controversies trailing the Edo Specialist Hospital, which he commissioned in 2016 in Benin, the state capital. Coordinator of the group, Samson Momorin, in statement made available to journalists yesterday, said that the people of the state people for whom the multibillion naira hospital was built were at loss as the hospital was yet to function to optimum capacity due to the controversies over allegations of embezzlement and shoddy deals in the award of the contract by the immediate past administration.
Momorin described as embarrassment the allegation and counter allegation between the state government and former governor of the state and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole following a report of a panel of inquiry, which indicted the APC National Chairman. The group said: “We are talking about life and not properties. No one should destroy the image of the hospital that has been built over the years.
The issue of embezzlement in the hospital project should be looked into properly and the perpetrators should be brought to book. “We are using this opportunity to call on President Muhamadu Buhari to look into this matter. If it is true that what Mr. President commissioned was a scam or fake, it is a big slap on the face of Edo people and the country in general. The perpetrators of such act should be dealt with whether highly placed or not. This will serve as a deterrent to many who have such intention.