The Edo State branch of the All Progressives Congress has expressed concern over the state government’s reiterated plan to destroy the Central Hospital in Benin and turn it into a car park.
This was said in a statement signed by Victor Osehobo, Assistant State Publicity Secretary, on Monday.
The statement read, “In October, our party, the All Progressives Congress, in Edo state raised the alarm over the planned demolition of the Central Hospital, Benin City by the PDP government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki, with a plot to convert this over 100-year old legacy asset of all Edo people into a motor park.
“The APC saw no wisdom in the reason advanced by the government for the proposed demolition of the hospital which is to make way for an ultra-modern Motor Park to decongest the City centre and ultimately generate additional revenue for the State. We labelled such thinking as weird and
“This is because no right-thinking government will prefer to replace a viable health facility, which it should equip and staff, to better cater for the well-being of the people, with a motor park.
“The Edo State Government response that it was merely transforming rather than demolishing the hospital as most of its facilities were now obsolete and not supportive of modern-day medical service delivery was not the truth.
“It said the Central Hospital was being relocated to the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, expanded and improved to deliver quality health services.
“As it is, Governor Obaseki is bent on demolishing the same Central hospital. Yet his predecessor in office, Adams Oshiomhole, some years ago, also saw the need to transform the Central Hospital, Benin City and undertook the task of remodelling and reconstructing a large segment of the Hospital and equipping it with world-class facilities, during his tenure.
“The APC has it on good authority that the hospital has been stripped bare while bulldozers are already lined up for the demolition exercise. Our party will not allow this unpatriotic effort of the government to continue because potentially, it destroys the fortunes of generations of Edo children.
“As a party, we are therefore convinced that the current demolition plot which is part of the several schemes by the PDP government to ‘Make Edo Grounded Again’ must stop.
“We demand an immediate and unconditional discontinuation of the plot to demolish the Central Hospital.”