Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Provence, Anglican Communion, has raised an alarm over the medical bills for the burial of former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
According to Archbishop Chukwuma, who is known as the counsellor to the Ekwueme family, the family is yet to get a refund of the 200,000 Pounds incurred as medical bills six months even after the money had been signed off.
“A lot of things are wrong in this administration. This government is pretending to be fighting corruption but corruption is higher now than what it used to be.
” Right now, the money meant for Ekwueme’s treatment is not yet released. The hospital has returned the money but government has refused to release it back to the family. Over 200,000 pounds and so on and so forth”, he stated.
“They delayed in paying the medical bill of late Ekwueme until the family paid the bill to the London clinic.
“When the London clinic was paid by government after the family had paid, the hospital said the family had paid and returned the money to the Central Bank. Now, the money, which CBN should refund to Ekwueme’s family is now being held.
“This money has been signed out. Where is the medical bill refund released by the Central Bank of Nigeria, which was returned by London clinic? That is the question, where is it? It should be refunded to the family and if this doesn’t happen, I am going to speak more and this is going to cause serious scandal for the federal government”, Chukwuma warned.
This is coming after sources told Vanguard that the Federal Government reneged on its promise to bear the full cost of treatment and transportation of the elder statesman to a hospital in London, and referred the issue to the Anambra State government where Ekwueme hails from.