N495m Debt: UCH Staff Scale Down Working Hour Between 8.00am And 4.00pm


The University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, has admitted that it owes the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company up to N495m, for which reason the teaching hospital was disconnected from the public power supply.

This was as doctors, nurses, and other staff of the hospital refused to work beyond 4.00 pm unless power was reconnected.
UCH Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Funmilayo Adetuyibi, said the hospital’s electricity debt was over N400m, contrary to her initial claim.
Giving reasons for the disconnection, the Ibadan DisCo said it disconnected the hospital after attempts to engage with the hospital’s management regarding the N495m debt, which it said had persisted for over six years.
But the UCH spokesperson had last week denied owing N495m, saying the current UCH administration, led by Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, assumed office on March 1, 2019, and inherited over N27m as of February 27, 2019.
She added that it had since ensured the monthly payment of bills brought by IBEDC.
However, when Adetuyibi was contacted on Tuesday that the IBEDC spokesperson, Busolami Tunwase, had insisted that the debt was N495m, she admitted that there was an error while writing her initial rejoinder.
Adetuyibi said the hospital needed help to settle the debt, stating that it was soliciting funds.
Meanwhile, workers in the hospital had embarked on what they called down-scaling, working from 8.00 am to 4.00pm every day until power is restored.

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