In the Early hours of today, Akin Alabi took to his Twitter page to announce his nearly completed project of a primary health centre without detailed explanation which of course back fired as Nigerian citizens did not take it lightly as the pictures of Health facility was not up to the standard one would have expected.
Remember there was rumour about an APC member who built a below standard wooden bridge which was said to have been valued at ₦10m, either it was true or not, Nigerians are not accepting another story like that; is probably the major reason this Akin Alabi’s posts about the health centre without detailed explanation was greatly misunderstood.
After expression of dissatisfaction by Nigerians on the bird app, Hon. Akin Alabi Had no choice but give the full details of the whole Health centre project which made much more perfect sense.
In his exact tweet:
I woke up to a lot of flak over the pictures of the primary health center I facilitated its renovation at Ajiwogbo village, Ibadan. During my campaign, I visited the dilapidated health center. The villagers asked me to help them with the renovation. I promised I would.
When I got into office, I started working on it. I went to National Health Care Development Agency to come to our aid. Eventually, I brought them down to the place for inspection. After a lot of back and forth and travelling, I was able to facilitate the renovation. Some are asking why was the contract given to an Abuja contractor. The answer is I HAD NO SAY. That question has to go to National Health Care Development Agency. I do not award contracts. Lawmakers do not award contracts. I have never met this contractor. I don’t plan to. About those saying the place is too small. Good question. Well, it is a small health center in a small village that was rehabilitated. The place gets like FIVE PATIENTS A DAY. I am not sure there is any sense expanding it. I don’t even have the powers to have it expanded. NONE.
About entry for wheelchairs and other specifics needed to make the place better, I will write a letter to the agency to ensure that the contractor puts them there. I do not want to have anything to do with the contractor directly. Thanks for pointing those out. What played out here is very simple. A health center has been in existence for 20 years. The villagers wanted their “little hospital” renovated. The condition was bad for the doctors and nurses there. I pulled all stops to bring the agency that can do it. The work was done.
In the original post, it wasn’t like I boasted that this was massive or an “ultra modern” or a world class facility. I helped connect the village and the agency, worked hard to make sure it happened. The entire details are in the pictures. No bragging. I don’t understand the vex.
I didn’t bother to “shalaye” in my caption because the details are crystal clear in the images so you can imagine my surprise at the outrage. I do not know whether to apologize for facilitating it or for posting the images. Either way, make una no vex. Thank you.