Zulum approves N14m, car for Ogun doctor who stayed despite Boko Haram

Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the payment of N13.9 million and a car gift to a 65 yr-old medical doctor from Ogun State.

The medical doctor, Dr. Isa Akinbode lived within the General Hospital in Monguno, and continued to offer health-care services to patients even when the town was faced with the most severe threats from Boko Haram in recent years.

Dr. Akinbode graduated from the University of Maiduguri and joined the Borno State Civil Service, where he served for 22 years before he retired in 2016 at Monguno General Hospital. After his retirement, the doctor despite reports that he was once abducted and released by Boko Haram in Monguno, remained at the hospital in Monguno to offer voluntary medical services.

The then governor, Kashim Shettima, during one his visits to Monguno, directed officials of the state’s Ministry of Health to engage Akinbode as a contract staff. However, arising from bureaucratic procedures, officials at the health ministry in Maiduguri delayed formalizing the doctor’s contract, even though he continued to serve.

Five years later, Governor Zulum on Friday directed that Dr. Akinbode be paid arrears of N13.9m which accrued to him based on the terms of the contract directed by the former governor in 2016.

Zulum, who also directed that going forward contract should be formalised for monthly entitlements, presented a Toyota Highlander as gift to Dr. Akinbode for his services to the host people of Borno.

The governor also approved the recruitment of Dr. Akinbode’s daughter, who studied Public Administration at the University of Maiduguri, into the State’s civil service.

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