At last, ex-Gov. Akpabio patronises Akwa Ibom ‘World Class’ hospital

A former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday visited the Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, for medical check-up.

The Ibom Specialist Hospital, built during Mr. Akpabio’s administration, was hurriedly commissioned by the then governor before he left office May 2015, while some major civil, mechanical and electrical works were still ongoing in the hospital.

The hospital also, sometimes last year, became a subject of controversy after Mr. Akpabio, now senate minority leader, travelled to the United Kingdom for medical attention after a car accident, abandoning the multi-billion naira facility his administration promoted as being of world class standard.

Mr. Akpabio later said the hospital’s take-off was delayed because foreign doctors billed to work there had not been cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service to travel to the country.

The hospital officially commenced operation in November 2015, six months after it was commissioned.

It was Mr. Akpabio’s first visit to the hospital since he left office.

Mr. Akpabio was said to have arrived at the hospital at about 12.45pm, accompanied by his former physician, Iniobong Essien, who is now the commissioner for environment in Akwa Ibom.

He was received by the hospital management who were excited that the man who conceived and built the facility was visiting it for check-up.

Mr Akpabio’s personal physician, Carter Onyeoziri, who was also there to assist him in his check-up, told PREMIUM TIMES that the senate minority leader went through a routine general check-up.

Mr. Onyeoziri said it was Mr. Akpabio’s first medical check-up in Nigeria since he was discharged from a hospital in London after the car accident in Abuja.

Mr. Onyeoziri said the senator deliberately chose to patronise the Akwa Ibom hospital, instead of traveling abroad for his medical needs.

“You know as at the time he (Akpabio) had the road accident, the doctors (who were supposed to work in Ibom Specialist Hospital) were still working on their (employment and immigration) papers.

“And now that the doctors are fully on ground, he decided to make use of the Ibom Specialist Hospital,” said Mr. Onyeoziri who is a general practitioner.

Mr. Onyeoziri said the former Akwa Ibom governor was seen by a cardiologist, and from there he went over to the radiology section for scan and x-ray. He was said to have spent about two hours in the hospital.

“After the check-up, he (Akpabio) was given a clean bill of health,” Mr. Onyeoziri said. “He will be due for another check-up between four to six months.”

Mr. Akpabio’s medical check-up at the hospital, his aide says, was also meant “to show Nigerians that the place is fully functional, and that Nigerians don’t need to travel outside the country for medical purposes.

“The cardiologist that attended to him has worked in six continents of the world,” Mr. Onyeoziri said.


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  • Rommel

    So these Indians are the so called experts,how many people will take common blood pressure from this anumanu?

    • T-Rex

      Stop taking hard drugs

    • Julius

      lolz. Be nice bro !. I remember growing up we had bunch of them as teachers, mostly science teachers !

      • share Idea

        The level of negative comments on this articles because of the Indian doctors shows that greater percentage of Nigerians have not travelled outside the country. If Americans and British can make same comments against Nigerians practising in their country what will you people say. What the nation should be concerned is the level of plans for transfer of knowledge between the expatriates and Nigerians. Secondly, because Nigerians are fond of seeing every government services as free bonaza but still expect services to remain world class, hence, my feeling that this hospital is under management of the expatriates pending when majority of the people realise that the hospital will be not be run on charity basis.

        • Julius

          I didnt make a negative comment about the Indians, did I ?. To be honest with you some of our people will prefer seeing those Indian doctors including our governors and legislators. I do agree with you on the larger point though. Respect !!

    • dhepo

      my brother i wonder o! Lets thank God at least the hospital is now operational.

    • delta K

      Maybe you should ask your immigration how many Nigerians go to India for checkup

      • Rommel

        If you see how these Nigerian patients are treated in India,you will realize that many Nigerians are simply imbeciles with money sometimes looted from public coffers or those engaged in some dubious deals or the other,the Indians treat them with disdain yet they troupe to that country because it has become something of status symbol to be seen going abroad for healthcare as is usual with many things that Nigerians are fixated upon.The strangest people on earth must come from Nigeria,apart from kidney related issues because of availability of donors/sellers,there are so many Nigerians that have died in India that would never have died had they gone for treatment in Nigeria,even in hospitals in the west especially US,there are certain primary mistakes that are made in hospitals like performing surgery on wrong patients, administering wrong medication,wrong diagnosis etc that rarely happens in standard hospitals back home but people will never understand until it happens

  • Screw-em

    We have far more qualified Nigerian doctors capable of administering medical treatment to anyone anywhere in the world than these technicians parading themselves as “experts”. So, Nigerians who are known to perform credibly in western hospitals but trained in Nigerian Institutions of higher learning are now sub par to these cretins from India. A total waste of foreign exchange i would say. Give Nigerians the right environment and equipment’s and see them perform wonders. How SAD!!!

  • dhepo

    I do not support corruption but if all the looters of our commonwealth plough the ill-gotten money back into the Nigerian system than stashing them foolishly abroad maybe one day things will be better.

  • Igwe

    “Mr. Akpabio wore a white-colour Niger Delta dress, with a black cap to match”????

    PT sir, you forgot to describe the type of pant (underwear) he was wearing.

    • share Idea


  • ’70

    I could not help but notice the Indian doctor and nurses attending to the “honourable” Senator. Does it mean that we don’t have qualified Nigerian nurses?

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    The picture of the Indian woman is a reflection of how difficult it is to get the ruling class in Nigeria to embrace Nigeria in its entirety. While akpabio has been forced to use his hospital after being shamed the last time and with the scarcity of foreign exchange, he still needs to be forced to use Nigerian doctors and nurses for his car. That picture is evidence of how the ruling class resists living the very life they have created for most Nigerians.

  • PolyGon2013

    Sai Akpabio.