The Citizens Group for the People of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government has written to the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to demand that the Ogun State Commissioner for Health be relieved of her appointment, over alleged misappropriation of medical equipment posted to Ota General Hospital.
In a press release issued by members of the Ado-Odo/Ota Citizens Engagement Platform, it was disclosed that the Nigeria Portland Cement (Lafarge) and Uniliver Nigeria Plc. had built an 80 bed-space well-equipped Isolation Centre at the Ota General Hospital situated at Ota. The facility was also furnished and equipped with a pair of Anesthetic Machine; Dialysis Machine, as well as an Ambulance.
The group however alleged that the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker ordered the removal of the anesthetic and dialysis machine from the Ota General Hospital.
According to the group, the machines that were removed which were worth over 500 million naira would deny the residents of Ado-Odo Ota the opportunity to access medical treatment.
The statement reads in part that, “if this is not corruption, misappropriation, and outright hatred for the good people of this Ota community and by extension the good people of this Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area Town, then we wonder what better adjective her actions towards us can be best described.”
They appealed to the governor to ensure that the medical equipment is returned back to the Ota General Hospital and that “Dr. Tomi Coker be relieved of her appointment as she no longer supports the grassroots health initiative of our amiable Governor.”
The group also demands that “the Ogun State Government should as a matter of urgency increase the manpower of Doctors and Nurses in Ota General Hospital to reflect the capacity of the Hospital.”