Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Wole Falodun Former Writer Of A Popular Column Waka Urges Lagos To Fulfil 14-Year Promise

A former correspondent of the Radio Nigeria, Ikoyi, Lagos, and the Daily Times, Wole Falodun, has urged the Lagos State Government to fulfill the promises made to him after he became blind in 1995.
Falodun, who was the writer of a popular column, Waka About, in the defunct Lagos Weekend in the 1970s, went blind after a surgeon in the Lagos Island General Hospital made a mistake while treating him (Falodun) for glaucoma.
Our correspondent gathered that Falodun, a former secretary of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and a former Publicity Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, had gone to the hospital on July 7, 1995, and was attended to by one Dr. Orekoya.
It was learnt that Orekoya, who fled the country after the surgery, operated on the right eye instead of the left eye, resulting in total blindness for the journalist.
It was gathered that Falodun, who wrote an appeal letter to the Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, on May 21, 2001, was invited on February 19, 2002, for a meeting with the governor.
A copy of the minutes of the meeting held with Tinubu, which was sighted by our correspondent, stated that the former governor promised that the state would take care of the veteran solely on humanitarian grounds.
Tinubu reportedly added that the government would not accept liability arising from the negligence of the doctor, but would assist financially with Falodun’s upkeep and the education of his three children through the “state scholarship board and other convenient options”.
Our correspondent gathered that the Waka About columnist, however, had yet to enjoy any of the government promises.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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