National Hospital Abuja sealed off over N7.7 debt

National Hospital Abuja, which is supposed to be a symbol of healthcare in the country, was today sealed off by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

The National ‘Monument’ was sealed over N7.7m debt for waste disposal.

A Federal Capital Territory Magistrate court ruled in favor of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, following nonpayment of waste disposal services rendered.

The Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team disclosed this to newsmen.

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The agency is out on a recovery drive to retrieve funds running into billions owed it by different institutions within the FCT.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Sule, AEPB is being owed more than N9bn.

The statement said the court had earlier issued summons thrice.

The Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital had been summoned to appear before the court. He declined all three invitations.

Thereafter, the Magistrate Court ordered the sealing of the National Hospital and subsequently, adjourned the case to July 13, 2016 for hearing.

After intense negotiations, the National Hospital reopened.

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It was gathered they had to pay up before AEPB removed the seal from it premises.

Should such a thing even be mentioned in a nation as large as Nigeria?