When one good turn deserves another

For a rare and free service rendered by this individual to UCH Ibadan, the management decided to honour him.

The adage that one good turn deserves another came into reality on Monday November 20 night at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Multi Purpose hall of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan when the management, workers, students, others at the 66th anniversary/award night gave the managing director of RonArch Consultant limited, Mr Adegoke Lekan Baderin overwhelming standing ovation for his good gestures to humanity at the hospital.

UCH management in a letter of invitation addressed to Mr Baderin said an award would be given in recognition of his service to humanity as part of the activities lined up for the 66th year anniversary of the hospital. 

The invitation letter signed by the UCH chief medical director, Prof J. A Otegbayo, stressed further that the MD would also be the guest of honour at the anniversary and award night.

“On behalf of the management, members of staff and students of this great health institution, I want to use this opportunity to commend you for your responsiveness and contributions in a modest capacities to health care service delivery in the hospital. We pray for a continuous cordial relationship in years to come by the grace of Almighty God. The hospital would be celebrating its 66th year anniversary on 20th November, 2023. The annual event is meant for all the hospital’s stakeholders, dignitaries, friends and individual philanthropists.

What informed the recognition

It was learnt that Mr Baderin had helped UCH to save a lot of money when his company, RonArch Consult, offered to maintain the elevators in the teaching hospital at no cost and upon this, an invitation, through the director of administration was forwarded to who inspected the hitherto non-functional lifts in the hospital on 2 November, 2023. 

It could be recalled that RonArch Consult inspected the five lifts in the teaching hospital and discovered that all of them were newly-installed. Mr Baderin said apart from minor adjustments and replacement of missing door parts and servicing, the lifts were good enough to be made functional and told the UCH management that rather than awarding a contract to his company to maintain the lift, he shall be willing to partner the maintenance department of the hospital to provide free training services to the department to be able to take charge of servicing, maintaining and troubleshooting with a period of one month training and that the company can be contacted for assistance beyond the training period.

According to the CMD of UCH the elevator installation Consultant, Mr Baderin deserved the standing ovation and the Award of Recognition in the UCH 66th anniversary based on his uncommon services to the hospital.

Professor Otegbayo minced no words when he publicly acknowledged that Mr Baderin shocked him and the entire UCH management, staff and students with his gestures to the hospital when he agreed to assist the hospital in making its five newly installed elevators functional at no cost.

The CMD stressed that troubled started when the five new and just installed elevators were discovered to be non-functional after the installation by another contractor thereby creating serious confusion in the hospital.

According to Professor Otegbayo, respite came for the hospital when Mr Baderin offered to put the elevators into proper functional position by rectifying the seemingly errors left undone by the supplier of the elevators at no cost and in addition to that, he also offered to train technicians at the hospital free of charge to be able to be maintaining the elevators.

What motivated the free services

 RonArch Consult stressed what he offered to do for UCH was his own little way of assisting a teaching hospital that has been rendering service to humanity and working to promote the good health of the people

He said  “UCH Ibadan is a globally-acclaimed teaching hospital which has been at the forefront in the promotion of the medical wellness of people in Nigeria and beyond.

“On our part, it is the least we can do for a teaching hospital of this stature which has been making immense contribution to the lives of the populace over a great number of years.We strongly believe this gesture would boost the morale of the staff handling the lifts; more so, knowing that they are acquiring skills that may be relevant, post-retirement,” he said.

Subsequent upon an invitation by the UCH CMD, through the director of administration, Mr Baderin had inspected the hitherto non-functional lifts in UCH on 2 November, 2023 during which it was discovered that all the elevators were newly-installed.

To the surprise of the Hospital, Mr Baderin disclosed that apart from minor adjustments and replacement of missing door parts and servicing, the lifts were good enough to be made functional, and  told the UCH management that rather than awarding a contract to his company to maintain the lift, he shall be willing to partner the maintenance department of the hospital.

He subsequently offered his readiness to provide free training services to be able to take charge of servicing, maintaining and troubleshooting the lifts and that a period of one month training would be enough for the staff and that the company can be contacted for assistance beyond the training period.

Emphasizing that he would not charge any fee for its services in this regard and that his company was ready to serve UCH from then on, Mr Baderin said what he offered to do for UCH was his own little way of assisting a teaching hospital that has been rendering service to humanity and working to promote the good health of the people.

“UCH, Ibadan is a globally-acclaimed teaching hospital which has been at the forefront in the promotion of the medical wellness of people in Nigeria and beyond.

On our part, it is the least we can do for a teaching hospital of this stature which has been making immense contribution to the lives of the populace over a great number of years.We strongly believe this gesture will boost the morale of the staff handling the lifts, more so, knowing that they are acquiring skills that may be relevant, post-retirement,” he said.

In an interview immediately after he was recognised, the RonArch Consultant MD bares his mind on the award, 

“Incidentally I have not had anything to do with UCH, when I came here, I saw patients being carried up and after I’m done with what I came for, I decided to go and check the elevators, my staff told me there was practically nothing wrong with the elevators. Virtually,  if there is anything wrong, all they needed to do does not worth 500 dollars and the elevators will work. If we say we are presenting N500 plus our time, it will take time before it is approved because it has to pass from one table to another. It will take days and some people will still be suffering going upstairs, so what is that money compared to lives? So, we just decided to instantly resolve the problem without paper work and since that day, the elevators are working.

“It’s a brand new elevators and the people in charge didn’t really know what to do  when the elevators developed some small issues, they were not trained, those who installed the elevators didn’t give them any form of training; so they left it. Some people are scared, it’s a machine they don’t know where to torch so that it won’t be damaged further. I think that is why we  have decided to train them to be able to handle some small issues and if they have any major problems, they can call us. We want to ensure that people who are sick are being moved from up to down without any stress. 

“It was sudden I was not even expecting it because we are just doing our job. Our job is placed on integrity to individuals, even to institution. If your elevator doesn’t have a fault, I wont tell you it has a fault, may be because they felt that how rare such is in Nigeria, that is why they honoured me.

“I have done a lot just that in most cases, you would not be recognized. In Abuja where you take a train to Kaduna, I went there  and said you people should have an escalator here and they told me that they have invited some big companies.

They said to install escalators, they have to destroy the staircase and those staircases were huge and there is no way there will be tampered with without affecting the entire structures. I looked at the whole scenario and said I would install an escalators without destroying anything nor affect a single structure and not known. I wrote my report, my mechanical drawing, structural drawing, calculation, sent to the ministry and I was following it up.

The ministry called the consultant team who told  them it is visible, but that the only thing was that we don’t have anything on that station to carry any huge load.  I told them not to worry that I would perfect everything. Today, the escalation there is working but I did not get any recognition for it.”

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