COVID-19 facilities disappear at Sani Abacha Stadium
Kano State government has been called upon to investigate the state ministry of health and its affiliates concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
A concerned citizen of the state who identified himself as Musa Aramma made this call while speaking with NigerianSketch on the state of affairs in the fight against the pandemic in the state.
Aramma said there was the need for the government to find out what has happened to all the facilities provided for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 at Sani Abacha Stadium, alleging that most of those items may have been carted away.
According to him, officials of the health ministry, especially the commissioner owe the state an explanation. He also said officials of the state sports commission “under whose care the stadium is vested must point out who removed all the facilities and where they are taken to.”
Aramma’s complaint prompted a visit by NigerianSketch to the stadium where our reporter found that all the facilities provided for the pandemic’s management have disappeared. Most of those facilities, which included 600 beds and other medical equipment, were provided by Dangote Foundation in 2020 when COVID-19 was at the height of its spread across the globe. There were also power generating sets.
The extent of the facilities carted away cannot be ascertained at the moment.
An official of the state sports commission who declined to be named said the commission was not privy to the incidents leading to the removal of the facilities.
He said the stadium has been closed to the usual official sporting activities since the outbreak of the pandemic, especially after it was converted a healthcare-giving centre.
“As I speak to you today, Kano Pillars do not play their home matches in Kano because Sani Abacha Stadium is not available to them. And why is it not available? As far as I know, it is still a healthcare-giving centre. You asked where are the facilities brought here in 2020. The answer is I don’t know.
“As you can see, they are not here, but I can’t tell you where they are taken to because I don’t know,” he said.
As of the time this story was published, NigerianSketch was still making efforts to get the response of the state ministry of health.
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