EDO STATE “FIVE STAR HOSPITAL” AND THE CHALLENGES OF PAROCHIAL POLITICAL CULTURE — Hon. Isaiah Osifo
By Hon. Isaiah Osifo
A Society or a Country with Parochial Political Culture is usually characterised with amusing features and inexplicable bizzare conduct.It is only in such Countries or Societies you can find mindless and shameless people in Public Administration.
These group of Public Servants,Elected Political Office Holders or Appointed survive in such an enviroment because you have a population that is always ready to justify the actions of any sitting government,no matter how wrong.
It is only in a Parochial Political Culture you can find of group of Public Administrators that will publicly stage the following actions:
1.Invitation of a President of a country that was elected on the expectation of bringing about positive Change in Public Service to commission a “Five Star Hospital”in Benin City, Edo state.And the cardinal principle of the president is to fight corruption in Nigeria.
The President commissioned the hospital for public use,and in his speech advised Nigerians not to seek medical attention abroad,but to come to Benin because of the facilities of the hospital.
He did not ask at what cost the hospital was built.
He did not bother to know whether the hospital had staff and necessary medical equipment.
2.The “heroic”governor Adams Oshiomhole who celebrated the completion of his “special project” with Edo state money,refused,as usual will always refuse to disclose the amount of any project he executed.
Up till now,he did not tell us the whereabout of the medical equipment meant or purchased for the hospital.
I met one university teacher who told me that it does not matter if their are no medical equipment or medical staff in the hospital.Can you really say a building is a hospital when such building lacks both medical staff and medical equipment?
3.As usual people are busy defending the decision of Edo state government to sell the “five star hospital” to private Concern.I dont want to get into the arguments of the merit or demerit of such government proposal.However,l have two questions for Edo state governor,Godwin Obaseki:
1.Have you come to Edo state to fight corruption or to polish corruption?If you are interested in fighting corruption,the first thing to do before the proposed sale is to tell Edo people how much did the hospital cost Edo state tax payers.
2.Are you aware that health is a social service not a commercial venture of government? If your intetest is to commercialise,you MUST disclose the total amount Edo state government invested in the hospital,and then you can sell to make profit. As a investment banker,you know that is the right thing to do.With the profit from the sales,you can build another one to sell,or use the profit to build basic accessible and affordable hospitals across the eighteen local government areas of Edo state.
Anything outside this will have no other definition,but a fraud,and it can only happen in a Country with Parochial Political Culture.