Lagos State House of Assembly, on Monday agreed to probe why equipment at the N7 billion cardio-renal center in Gbagada General Hospital were abandoned.
The centre was commissioned in March 2015 by ex-Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola but allegedly abandoned by immediate past governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Akeem Sokunle, and members had embarked on a tour to ascertain health facilities across the state.
“We observed that there is a shortage of manpower, non-functioning ambulances, insecurity, unequipped laboratories and more importantly, abandonment of multi-billion naira cardio-renal facility,” The Nation quoted him as saying.
“I got a report that the cardiorenal machines only worked for two weeks before the facility was locked up. Also, most of the sensitive equipment are obsolete,” Sokunle said.
House Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), said if the equipment of such magnitude are cited in the state, it was for a purpose.
He, therefore, moved that the suppliers of the equipment be invited for questioning and that the investigation must attract public participation.
The House resolved to invite the Ministry of Health to appear before the probe committee to give clarification on issues bothering the facility.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, to write a letter to the Ministry of Health and invite necessary stakeholders on the issue.
Meanwhile, Ambode has spoken on his rumoured planned defection from the All Progressive Congress, APC, to the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
There have been speculations in some quarters that Ambode was disappointed he did not make the ministerial list President Muhammadu Buhari submitted to the Nigerian Senate.