Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has approved the payment of N13.9 million and a car gift to a 65-year old medical doctor from Ogun State.
The doctor was said to have lived within the General Hospital in Monguno, offering healthcare services to patients even when the town was faced with the most severe threats posed by Boko Haram in recent years.
An indigene of Ogun State, Dr Isa 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.
Despite reports that he was once abducted and released by Boko Haram in Monguno, he remained at the General hospital in Monguno to offer voluntary medical services after he retired.
The then-Governor, Kashim Shettima, during one of his visits to Monguno, directed officials of the state’s ministry of health to engage Akinbode as a contract staff, however, due to bureaucratic procedures, officials at the state ministry of health in Maiduguri delayed formalizing it.
Despite this, he continued to render his medical services and five years on, Governor Zulum has come to his rescue.
Governor Zulum, on Friday, directed that Dr Akinbode be paid arrears of N13.9m which accrued since based on the terms of the contract directed by the former governor in 2016.
Zulum also directed that going forward contract should be formalized for monthly entitlements. The Governor also presented a Toyota Highlander as a gift to Dr Akinbode for his services to the host people of Borno.
“These are the kind of people that need to be encouraged, he lives in Monguno despite all the security problems. My predecessor had during his visit to Monguno, directed that he should be engaged on a contract basis, unfortunately, due to some bureaucratic procedures his re-engagement has not been formalized.