Edo People Protest Over Abandoned Hospital In Benin


Angered by the refusal of the Edo State Government to equip and put to use the new Central Hospital, Benin, two years after it was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, a coalition of civil societies and students unions, last Monday, took to streets of Edo State capital to vent their anger.
During the protest, socio-economic activities were paralysed in parts of Benin as the protesters marched to kick against the non-functioning of the multi-billion naira hospital complex built by the Adams Oshiomhole administration in 2016.
The visibly angry protesters displayed placards with unprintable inscriptions claiming that affordable healthcare was a right and that many Edo people could not afford medical tourism.
Their spokesperson and President of Talakawa Parliament, Mr Kola Edopkayi, appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to exhibit compassion on the people and make the hospital operational within the shortest time possible.
Edokpayi said, “We are calling on the Edo State Government to immediately take steps to equip and put the hospital to use. It is worrisome that the hospital is not still functioning after it was commissioned in 2016. The government should do something.”