By Suraju Raji
Lagos State House of Assembly has stepped down report of health committee on Gbagada Cardiac Arrest Centre. The report which passed through second reading was harped on by the Lawmakers.
The committee members were designated to ascertain why the centre was not functional. Hon. Sokunle who is the Chairman Health Committee explained that the equipment was brand new and needed competent medical contractors to handle its operation.
He said the equipment was locked up for three years without use, making it to be moribund. The Chairman reported that the project contractor told the committee that he would not entertain complaint on the project.
The committee recommended that foreign firms should take over the operation of the equipment and the entire centre and Lagos state should upgrade the 5 percent returns fees, and that medical contractor should be employed. Deliberating, Hon. Bisi Yusuf picked holes in the claim that electric tension was low.
He asked why the ministry did not identify the fault initially, saying that the contract was given to an ordinary contractor who has no knowledge about it. The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Esinlokun Sanni remarked that the state did not do their work well, saying that the supervisor shall be queried. He agreed with the review of the concession fees.
Hon. Nureni remarked that the house should appeal to the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to put the company to order. Also Hon. Makinde explained that the Ultra Modern Cardiac Arrest Center to be Moribund is uncalled for.
He disclosed that the supervising ministry should be blamed and quarried, lamenting that it is pathetic for multimillion Naira project to be moribund, he also blamed the ministry for saying that they will not respond to the house committee.
Hon. Makinde therefore called for punitive measure against the ministry. He said that there must be an effective supervisory role and the retention fee should be 10 percent while Hon. Sanai Agunbiade harped on the recommendation five.
He said the ministry of health should have looked elsewhere. “It is a negligence on their part, Lagosians want to see the project is not wasted; the company has not done good work” Hon. Agunbiade concluded.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, remarked that the committee has not helped out; “we wanted them to identify those who made the recommendation; from the installation stage there have been cases of slacks; brand new equipment can’t be faulty always.
Obasa added that those who received the equipment have exonerated the Company. He then queried “if one exonerates the ministry’s officials, you should exonerate the company too” Hon. Obasa observed. Obasa wondered why a multimillion Naira Equipment has not been put to use for 5 years, saying, Nigerians go abroad for treatment yearly.
He queried the receiving officials why they received the equipment from the contractor and leave those who received it” Obasa wondered. It’s a problem of supervisory inefficiency, he said. The report was stepped down because of lapses.