The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has promised that his government would complete the abandoned Maternal and Paediatric Centre at Jericho in Ibadan, by the end of the year.
Governor Makinde said the past administration put lots of resources in government projects but the manner in which many of the projects were abandoned especially following bogus commissioning exercises, left much to be desired.
The Governor decried the movement of the facilities originally purchased for the Jericho Centre to the Olodo Centre, just for ceremonial purposes, leaving the Jericho Centre, which was at 80 percent completion, empty, amounting to a waste of resources.
“This facility will be finished up and we take the movement of the people from Jericho Specialist Hospital here as an emergency. Our target is to accomplish that on or before the end of this year,” he said.
Speaking after an on-the-spot assessment and inspection of the Jericho facility, the Governor affirmed that the decision by the past government to move the multi-million Naira worth facilities meant for the Jericho Centre away had left the Health Centre almost dilapidated and failing to offer the needed value to the people of the State.
According to him, ”the situation is almost like wasting the resources of the State. We have put in a lot of resources but we have not been able to derive any value for the citizens. This place is at 80 percent completion but is already falling apart. It has to be occupied.”
Governor Makinde said when completed, the new facility would host the staff of Jericho Specialist Hospital, adding that the relocation of the staff of Jericho Specialist Hospital to a new Centre was informed by inadequate space at their current site.
He had visited the proposed headquarters of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency, OYRTMA, assuring them of his administration’s commitment to fix the place for conducive and secure operations of various governmental agencies dealing with road and transport management.
“We have to really make this place conducive so that you can do your work diligently. We will meet the Police to make sure the place is secure and be diligent in dealing with truck drivers. We want them to buy into our vision of a cleaner and safer road,” the Governor stated.
Top government functionaries on the entourage of the Governor during the separate visits include the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello; the Consultant on Health to the Oyo State Government, Dr. Funmi Salami; Chairman, OYRTMA, Dr Akin Fagbemi and Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Health and the Hospital Management Board, among others.