A former Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Suleiman Alege, has recanted his earlier claim that the Abdulfatah Ahmed administration left behind three ventilators in the state.
This came a few hours after the state government challenged him to provide proof or be prepared to appear before an anti-graft agency.
Alege, had in an article which went viral on social media on Saturday said, “To say there was no ventilator in Kwara State before now is a fat lie. We had three in good working condition in Kwara State before the advent of the present government.”
Alege was apparently trying to downplay the recent purchase of 10 new ventilators, among other key ICU equipment, by the AbdulRazaq administration.
The incumbent had said Kwara didn’t have a single ventilator until now.
In a statement debunking Alege’s claim, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye said, “If what Alege said is true, that they procured ventilators, then somebody in their team possibly made away with the ventilators or money was released and they were never bought.”
Alege, in an apparent response to government’s position, withdrew his earlier statement and said, “Further investigation revealed that the last administration decided to prioritise the procurement of more oxygen concentrators in order to service many hospitals since the ventilators are only key in intensive care unit.”