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Akpabio And The Burden of Leadership

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 12:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Adebisi


Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who is also a first time senator and Minority Leader of the upper legislative chamber, was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday, August 31, when he was involved in an accident at Abuja in the company of a massive convoy.

This occurred when he was trying to beat the traffic light.

Few days later, Akpabio was flown abroad for further medical treatment.

man-in-the-newsThis development has however enraged Nigerians who believed that rather than going abroad, the former governor should have proceeded to the N12 billion Ibom Specialist Hospital,  built by him and intended to handle instances like he found himself.

On May 26, 2015, few days to the end of his tenure, Akpabio commissioned an ultramodern 308-Bed State-of-the-art Medical Facility in Uyo, which reportedly cost N12 billion.

During the commissioning, he declared that he had to invest such fortune so that there would no longer be need for anyone to travel abroad for medical treatment.

His words: “We decided to have a hospital that would answer to the needs of Nigerians in terms of advance health management and that was why we built the Ibom Specialist Hospital. It is not like a teaching hospital, it is like a quaternary hospital, it is higher than a teaching hospital.”

A media guru and public commentator, Nnamdi Okosieme, on his facebook account queried the need for such a waste.

“Now, if someone spends N12 billion(which as we all know, is not peanuts) on a hospital, that hospital should be able to do many things including treat heart related ailments…  So, why was he flown abroad?”

Another critic, Chukwudi Abiandu lamented on how the nation’s wealth remains in the pockets of the few.

Apart from his failure to patronise the institution he initiated, Nigerians are equally asking whether a senator has the right to such convoy.