A popular politician and hotelier in Ikorodu, Alhaji Musiliu Lawal-Animashaun, also known as De-Cubano, has appealed to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the provision of a new General Hospital in Ikorodu.
He made the appeal in a seven paragraph letter which was addressed to the governor and his amiable deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, a copy of which was sent to Oriwu Sun.
In the letter, Alhaji Animashaun passionately appealed to the executive governor of Lagos State to consider the plight of Ikorodu residents by building a second general hospital to cater for the need of the rising population in the division.
After appreciating Governor Sanwo-Olu for his exceptional managerial approach in containing the spread of Covid-19, De Cubano also highlighted how the previous executive governors of the state had good relations with the people of Ikorodu and implore the governor to do same.
Presenting the case of Ikorodu before the governor, he wrote that the rising population in the division which ranges from the Owode-Onirin route through Odonguyan-Ita-Oluwo end and the Imota to Ijede, there is only one standard general hospital upon which over 1.8 million residents depend on for complicated health issues.
He explained that the health challenges of residents of the six local councils in the division (Ikorodu Local Government Area), Ikorodu North LCDA, Ikorodu West LCDA, Imota LCDA, Ijede LCDA and Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA) are all choking the staff and facilities of the Ikorodu General Hospital. Considering all the facts of rising health challenges and few medical facilities to handle the cases, he pleaded with the governor to provide a complementary general hospital in the town.
While stressing the urgent need for another general hospital, Alhaji Animashaun also suggested a possible location to situate the proposed hospital in Ikorodu. He suggested that the proposed hospital can be built on some land parcels along the Lagos road, after the Majidun Bridge. The place which is not far from the Primero Bus Depot to the boundary of Ikorodu town is a government property which could be utilized for this purpose.
With clear support to government’s ownership of the land before the Ogun River Bridge, De Cubano pointed to a statement by former Lagos commissioner, Dr. Muiz Banire, in the Punch newspaper where he once explained the borders of the government land in that area.
De Cubano, like many other Ikorodu residents, believe that the proposed general hospital will bring succor to the people and alleviate the cases of death during emergency.