Between Gov Seyi Makinde, UCH and College of Medicine, who stole Oyo state's N118m Covid-19 money?
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. A scandal is brewing in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital and it is capable of embarrassing the state government with the turn of events.
A whopping sum of N118m, purportedly set aside as part of the fund for combating the Covid-19 pandemic is missing! Yes, it just grew wings and literally flew away.
According to reports, the state government speaking thru the commissioner of finance, Mr Akinola had said it released the sum of money to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan to fight the pandemic.
However, in a swift reaction, the UCH rebutted the claim in a press release signed by its PRO, Mr Toye Akinrinlola on behalf of the Chief Medical Director.
"...The Chief Medical Director of the UCH is a member of the Oyo State COVID 19 task force. He should know if any money was given to UCH outside the 250 pieces of the PPE given to the hospital. We hereby state emphatically that the University College Hospital, Ibadan did not and has not received any monetary donation from the Oyo State Government."
Akinrinlola suggested the probability that the mix-up was a mistake of identity and it is possible that the Commissioner had intended to mention the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and had inadvertently mentioned UCH.
See Press Release:
Wednesday, 24th June, 2020
UCH Didn't Receive any money from Oyo State Government.
The attention of the management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has been drawn to the content of a press release from the Oyo State Government that the sum of N118 million was given to the hospital to fight against the COVID 19 pandemic.
The press release quoted the Oyo State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo as saying the said amount was released to UCH. We contacted some officials of Oyo State for a clarification on this, but it seems there is a misunderstanding in the difference between the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital Ibadan.
It therefore behoves the Management of the UCH to put the record straight. We hereby state emphatically that the University College Hospital, Ibadan did not and has not received any monetary donation from the Oyo State Government.
The Chief Medical Director of the UCH is a member of the Oyo State COVID 19 task force. He should know if any money was given to UCH outside the 250 pieces of the PPE given to the hospital.
All other services rendered to Oyo State by UCH have been strictly humanitarian and no financial benefits have accrued to the hospital.
The UCH has been able to cope with the rigours of pandemic through donations from the NCDC (an organ of the Federal Government), some corporate bodies, well meaning Nigerians, Alumni associations of the hospital, staff and students of the hospital.
I therefore wish to say once again that the UCH is not in receipt of any N118m as claimed by the Oyo State Government.
Public Relations Officer
For: the Chief Medical Director.
This would ordinarily have laid the matter to rest but the College of Medicine has also come out to issue a disclaimer about the money, stating emphatically that it did not receive any form of assistance from the state government.
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The institution's Deputy Registrar Dr Ikeoluwapo O. Moody denied that the institution received any such moneyand took exception to the insinuation by UCH.
He wrote partly: "To set the record straight, the Oyo state government initially gave the College of Medicine N5million to run the Biorepository and Clinical Virology laboratory set up for the purpose of testing Covid-19 patients. However, when the accreditation by the NCDC was not forthcoming, the N5 million was returned to the Oyo state government to help in fighting the pandemic in the state. I therefore wish to state that the College of Medicine did not receive money to the tune of N118m from the Oyo state government."
The government claim it disbursed N118m. The two institutions that could have been the beneficiaries of the largesse both claim they did not collect it. The question is: where is Oyo state's N118m?