On Monday, an ad hoc committee was established by the Lagos State House of Assembly to look into the case of Adebola Akin-Bright, a 12-year-old kid whose small intestine went missing during treatment.
On Monday, the Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, formally established the committee at plenary.
On Friday, the boy’s mother, Abiodun Deborah, had expressed concern to the staff at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) over the mysterious loss of her son’s small intestine.
Obasa stated that a special committee would be formed to look into the matter and provide a report to the House within the next two weeks.
He appointed Mr. Temitope Adewale, Mr. Steve Ogundipe, Mr. Surajudeen Tijani, and Mr. Lawal Musibau to serve on the committee, with Mr. Noheem Adams, the Majority Leader, as chairman.
The governor’s visit to the 12-year-old was praised by the speaker, who saw it as evidence that the government was responsive and cared for its citizens.
He remarked, “The governor’s visit to the hospital to see mother and child and the pledge he made inspire optimism. It deserves praise.
“However, it is essential that we get to the bottom of the problem in order to put in place a system that guarantees a structure that curtails any challenge that affects institutions in the state.”
Mr. David Setonji, the Deputy Whip, praised the Speaker for bringing the problem to the notice of the legislators and remarked, “We need to look more into the health sector of the state.”
David remarked that the House had been pragmatic in passing an Organ Harvesting bill, and that this law would play an important part in the development of the state.
Mr Sa’ad Olumo, for his part, praised the boy’s brave mother for bringing public attention to his situation.
Mr. Desmond Elliot added his praise for Sanwo-Olu, saying that he had shown great humanity and a willingness to serve.
According to Elliot, “We have so many people who cannot voice out,” which is why he is in favor of investigating the matter further. Praise be to God that she did.
Mr. Oladipo Ajomale praised the governor for going to see the patient and the speaker for showing the footage of the woman’s scream to all the legislators over the weekend.
He argued that effective laws on organ harvesting should be made by the National Assembly and other state legislatures.