The Akwa Ibom State Government has begun the process of reviewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with CardioCare Medical Services,the consulting firm managing Ibom Specialist hospital, Uyo, to facilitate resumption of operations at the Quaternary hospital.
It is also considering sourcing for new managers to take over the administration of the medical facility, in event the redrafted terms does not favour the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel disclosed this, while briefing Government House reporters on the circumstances that led to the suspension of services in the hospital, at Government House, Uyo
The Governor, who said that by virtue of his office, he owed the people explanations on everything happening in the state, maintained that he was shocked at the sudden suspension of services at the hospital despite huge resources committed to ensure the smooth operations of the institution.
He explained that the managing firm did not fulfill the terms of agreement which included submission of detailed monthly, quarterly and annual statement of revenues received and expenditures incurred, to Akwa Ibom State Government, adding, “every human being who invest in an asset expect a return, be it in a social cost or services, the return may not be in terms of naira profit but there must be that social return and equity from people that would enjoy the services but once you deny me of this, certainly you have not met the obligations”.
The State Chief Executive acknowledged, “Immediately I took over in 2015, we released Five Million Dollars to the hospital as take off working capital. I don’t say things behind, Dr Yemi Johnson is here, he can attest to this and I have vouchers to show evidence of payment. I expected to get a financial report within the first three months so when the management said the money has finished, i was alarmed because we did not have much on ground.
“I released another 250 million naira because the manager assured me that the business was picking up and I gave the money believing that I am rendering social services to my people. Till today, I don’t know how the money was spent because there was no financial record from the hospital management and in the last quarter of 2015, i made available to the equipment suppliers the sum of 1 billion naira to keep the hospital running.
“Early this year, a Federal Government Agency, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), donated a 500 KVA Generator to the hospital and I told the Commissioner we could use it as back-up to supply electricity in the hospital but the Generator was not working and we used one hundred and eighty three thousand naira to repair the set. Every month I supply about 60, 000 litres of Disel for the hospital use.
“In 2016, during the Reigners Bible Church Collapse, we flew in consultants and many other hospitals were involved in the management of the casualties. We released 50 million naira as Payment on Account to keep the services running pending reconciliation. By first quarter of this year, I paid another 300 million naira to the equipment suppliers”
He further explained that ”within this period, the state government had never seen one naira revenue nor ever received one financial statement of even one month to show the financial status of the hospital”.
Mr. Emmanuel pointed out that he offered to use his office imprest to pay consultants who were not paid, to enable them continue their services which led to the release of another 180 million naira to the hospital on the understanding that the facility would be running, only to discover that the Specialist Hospital had been locked up, noting that the management did not inform him or the Health Commissioner of their departure.
The Governor said the hospital was not closed down as was being reported, stressing, ”we are trying to review whatever has been put on paper and try to make sure that it works and works well’,’ while expressing hope that the new agreement would ensure the sustenance of the vision of the hospital, to render affordable and best medical care to the people.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said he was informed of the suspension of services in the hospital, by a legal practitioner through a letter addressed to his office dated September 21, adjudging the Quaternary health institution, as the best in Africa, in terms of equipment and services.
Dr. Ukpong stated that it would amount to insensitivity on the part of government to shut down the hospital which was built to international specifications to encourage medical tourism in the country, announcing that government was sourcing for alternative management in case the reviewed agreement is not in the best interest of the state administration.
On his part, the Chief Medical Director of Cardiocare Medical Services, Dr Yemi Johnson, explained that the hospital suspended its operations due to the harsh economic climate occasioned by fluctuations in the currency and attendant recession in the country.
He added that since the unfortunate scenario and difficulty experienced in making purchases as well as payment of expatriates caused disruption in the previous model of agreement, the concerned parties are seeking ways of reaching new agreements and coming up with another model that would see to the smooth operations at the hospital.
AKS Govt. House Press
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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