How Tompolo Kept Abandoned Cottage Hospital Working With N400m’

Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, the media aide to a former Militant Leaders
in the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo has revealed that
a total sum of N400 million was spent to keep the abandoned Niger
Delta Development Commission (NDDC) built ultra modern Okerenkoko
Cottage Hospital in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local
Government Area of Delta State floating for indigenes to benefit.

Bebenimibo, who made this known yesterday during an inspection tour of
the health facility ‎by the Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr
Nicholas Azinge, added that after series of correspondence to the
State Government and various intervention agencies, “the Tompolo
Foundation took over the running of the hospital from 2013 to August,
2015.

He said within the period, the Foundation spent over N400 million
running the Cottage Hospital adding, “At a point we were unable to
continue as a result of funds and the Foundation wrote to the
government to take over the running of the Cottage Hospital.”

Benimibo, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Tompolo
Foundation, said: In August 2015, we wrote a letter to the Delta State
Government that we could no longer run the hospital and we asked the
government to take over the responsibility. That is what the
government has just responded to and they have come to inspect the
place. From their comments, they have confirmed that the Okerenkoko
Cottage Hospital is a good one that cannot be abandoned”.

“After it was built, commissioned and handed over to the state
government through ESOPADEC it became abandoned after the 2009
invasion of Gbaramatu Kingdom by the Army.” ELANZANEWS.M

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