The newly elected representative for Somolu Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Abiodun Orekoya has defended both Governor Sanwo-olu and his wife, the first Lady, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu over the unaddressed Somolu General Hospital project which has been promised since the beginning of the first regime of the Lagos governor.
The issue on the General Hospital project was raised by both the Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA Global Resource Initiative), Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak and Comrade Monsur Akinremi, the Somolu Coordinator of HURMA during the recently concluded governorship Election when Hon. Orekoya was campaigning for the reelection of governor Sanwo-olu.
The newly elected member of Lagos State House of Assembly was asked in an interview covered by Rights Monitors news among other media houses on how he thinks the Somolu community could be convinced believe any promise by the state since they have been earlier deceived on the Somolu General Hospital by both governor Sanwo-olu and the first Lady of Lagos State, Ibijoke Sanwo-olu who was a former Medical Director at the Hospital.
“People of Somolu are now singing that both the Governor and the First Lady are liars and they will only make false promises to deceive people and get their votes. This is now the general song with the community members within Somolu Constituency”.
In his response, newly elected Hon. Orekoya said the Governor and First Lady are not liars, rather there were challenges.
“Our Governor and our First Lady are not liars. Though the promise on the General Hospital could not be fulfilled during the first tenure of the regime, a strong energy now dispensed to fulfill it immediately after entering of office in this second term.
“Works is ongoing now and materials is being imported for the project. Moreso, contrary to the false rumor on concession of the hospital, the state is proposing a first class General Hospital to address general health issues of poor Nigerians even beyond Somolu Constituency and this is a great opportunity for members of the community”.
“The Somolu General Hospital project is on and progressing. The contractors are doing their feasibility studies and the hospital equipment is being imported. Part of the delays we had was the relocation of the Somolu Local Government secretariat some of the community chiefs disagreed with this notion but all has been resolved”