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EXPOSED! University College Hospital allegedly squanders N132.4m budgeted for completion of Glaucoma centre

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Officials of the University teaching hospital, also known as University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan North Federal Constituency in Oyo State, have been accused of squandering some N132,479,190 million budgeted for completion of the Glaucoma centre at the medical institution.

Tracka made the expose in a statement posted on its social media handle, @TrackaNG.

According to Tracka, N132.4 million was budgeted between the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 by the federal government.

The abandoned University College Hospital, Ibadan, project
The abandoned University College Hospital, Ibadan, project

The budget was for the completion and furnishing of the Glaucoma centre at the University teaching hospital.

Despite all the monetary allocations, however, Tracka reported that the project remained abandoned.

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The breakdown of the funds budgeted for the project from 2017 to 2022 is presented in the table below:

Budget allocations for Glaucoma Centre at University College Hospital, Ibadan

Year2017201820192022
AmountN14 millionN5 million35 millionN78,479,190m
Total

N132,479,190 million

The project remains abandoned and keeps appearing in the budget, Tracka reported.

“We will appreciate the respective stakeholders to do the needful,” the whistleblowing outfit demanded.

Tracka, a project by BudgIT, enables citizens to collaborate, track and give feedback on public projects in their community.

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About University College Hospital, Ibadan

University College Hospital, Ibadan is a federal teaching hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State, attached to the University of Ibadan.

It was established by an August 1952 Act of Parliament in response to the need for the training of medical personnel and other healthcare professionals for the country and the West African Sub-Region.

The establishment of the Hospital followed a Visitation Panel in 1951 to assess the clinical facilities for the clinical postings of medical students registered for M.B.B.S. degree of the University of London.

The visitation panel, led by Dr. T.F. Hunt of the University of London rejected the enhanced facilities provided by the Government/Native Authority Hospital at Adeoyo, Ibadan following the establishment of a Faculty of Medicine in the University College, Ibadan (now University of Ibadan) in 1948.

The university College Hospital was strategically located in Ibadan, then then largest city in West Africa which is also the seat of the first University in Nigeria.

The physical development of the Hospital commenced in 1953 in its present site and was formally commissioned after completion on 20 November 1957.

The University College Hospital, Ibadan was initially commissioned with 500-bed spaces. Currently, the hospital has 1,000 bed spaces and 200 examination couches with occupancy rates ranging from 65 to 70%. [Source: Wikipedia] Read more.

 

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