Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, A First Lady to All of Us: Lead Human Rights Group, HURMA Commends Lagos First Lady Over Somolu General Hospital Development – African Narrators
Residents of Somolu community were on Tuesday 22nd of March gathered at the former secretariat of Somolu Local Government in Durosinmi Street, Lagos, beside Somolu General Hospital, in honouring the invitation to a Press briefing by the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) over the Somolu General Hospital project.
According to the Human Rights body, the press briefing was organized to appreciate the Lagos State government, especially the office of the first Lady, over her role in ensuring the development of the hospital which was an agitation that HURMA started since 2018.
According to the coordinator of Somolu Unit of HURMA, Comrade Monsur Akinremi, the agitation started when the death of a pregnant woman was reported to our office and the excuse given by hospital was that there was no bed space to admit the woman.
The Executive Director of HURMA in his address to the media said “The First Lady has strongly demonstrated a fulfillment of the promise made to our office on our request for the development and upgrading of the Somolu General Hospital”.
A letter of appreciation was also writing to the first lady, Her Excellency Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and copies made available to the media.
HURMA in the letter said the human rights body must feed the world back on whatever positive response of government to people’s agitations and not only on government failure.
HURMA promised to always monitor activities of the electorate to ensure it is in line with the constitutional requirements as enshrined in chapter two of the Nigerian 1999 constitution as amended, under Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principle of State Policy.
The letter signed by HURMA Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak tiltled:
“APPRECIATION LETTER FOR GRADUAL DELIVERING ON YOUR PROMISE TO ENSURE UPGRADING OF SOMOLU GENERAL HOSPITAL.
YOU ARE INDEED A FIRST LADY TO ALL OF US” reads in parts:
“The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) hereby on behalf of entire members of Somolu community write to appreciate your role in ensuring the development of Somolu General Hospital.
“Our office was officially briefed recently by the Executive Chairman of Somolu Local Government, Hon. Salaudeen Dullar, with confirmation from the L.G representative at Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olowo Rotimi, among others that the Lagos State Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, has finally approved the upgrading and extension of Somolu General Hospital general facilities and the secretariat of Somolu Local Government which is located beside the hospital be vacated for that purpose. This is to allow proper extension and development of the hospital to a higher standard so as to respond appropriately to the needs of patients from the community and beyond.
We are impressed to observe that the demolition process of the local government secretariat structure has “also commenced.
“Our office visited the new site designed to accommodate the new local government structure which is located at Bashua, Oke-Meta in Somolu and discovered that construction process has also began. More so, our monitoring team also visited the office space to temporarily accommodate all management and staff of the Local Government pending the completion of the new secretariat structure at Bashua.
“We are indeed impressed by your role in ensuring this reality which may not be known to many. By this development, you have kept and delivered on your promise to our office before your emergence as the First Lady.
“I could recollect that the struggle to develope Somolu General Hospital started few years back when the death of a pregnant woman was reported to our office amidst other complaints.
“As published in the last edition of Rights Monitors,
“Sometimes around February 2018, HURMA, had alleged in a press conference that the Lagos state government murdered an ordinary citizen, Mrs, Ester Ajayi, at Somolu General Hospital, with her unborn baby ( she was pregnant) on the excuse of ” No Room for Admission”.
The human rights monitoring Agenda ( HURMA) volunteered to build some blocks since the government could not afford it, but this was frustrated. The Executive Director of HURMA, Comrade Buna Isiak, made the intention for a total battle with the Lagos state government and turned down the invitation by the Lagos state commissioner for health. Some months later, a high chief (Balle) in Lagos fell victim of same. High chief Kehinde Kalejaye, Balle at Apapa Road, Ebute-Meta, had his wife murdered in the midnight of 11th December, 2018 on same excuse “No bed for Admission”.
The story was highly pathetic and frustrating.
It is however more disheartening and frustrating that such incidents is yet to remain history in society”.
The above incidents happened during your tenure as the Medical Director of Somolu General Hospital and coincidental with the nomination of Mr.Governor, your husband, as governorship candidate for Lagos State. It was during this period that the your excellency arranged a meeting with our office and promised that if Mr. Sanwo-Olu the APC gubernatorial candidate eventually became the governor of Lagos State, we are assured that things will improve for better and the declining capacity of the General Hospital will surely be addressed.
“Your Excellency, by this latest development, you have demonstrated that you are a person with integrity whose words can be taken for good without fear.
“We indeed appreciate your action which has fundamentally challenged the thought process of average Nigerians, that the Nigerian ruling elite is a corrupt criminal class of talk talk only with little or no action. Finally, we promise to be what we have always been by always ensuring that the government at all levels deliver on their constitutional functions as enshrined in chapter 2 of the Nigerian 1999 constitution as amended, under Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policies”.
“Thanks for your continuous support for the human rights cause.