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N2.7bn COVID-19 Fund: UCH Denies Receiving N118m From Oyo Govt

The Management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has denied recieving N118 Million from the N2.7bn COVID-19 Fund spent by the Oyo State Government.

The Oyo State’s Commissioner of Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, revealed that the State has spent N2.7bn on the fight against Coronavirus at a State Executive Council Meeting on Tuesday.

While presenting the breakdown of how the money was spent, he mentioned that N118 million was given to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, as as support for COVID-19 tests.

This submission has however been denied in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Toye Akinrinlola, on behalf of the Chief Medical Director on Wednesday.

The management said all services rendered to the Oyo State Government were strictly humanitarian and ”no financial benefits have accrued to the hospital”.

The Statements read;

“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.”

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“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.”

“I therefore wish to say once again that the UCH is not in receipt of any N118m as claimed by the Oyo State Government.”

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