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FMC Jabi to introduce paupers fund, commends FMC Yola



FMC Jabi To Introduce Paupers Fund, Commends FMC Yola

The Federal Medical Centre FMC Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria is set to introduce hospital paupers fund.

The new Medical Director of the health facility, Prof. Sa’ad Aliyu Ahmad is passionate about compassionate, which could not be unconnected to his aristocratic lineage.

Prof. Sa’ad, having taken cognisance of the growing number of the indigent patients parasiting in the lean rather unsustainable resources, has challenged the staff of the social welfare of the health facility to thinking outside the box with a view to be self-sustaining in terms of tending to the indigent patients.

Prof. Sa’ad, having been impressed with the activities of the hospital paupers fund that is established in FMC Yola, has recommended the social welfare unit of FMC Jabi to visit FMC Yola and get the blueprint with a view to introducing same in the health facility.

Mrs.Faith Onyogo is the head of social welfare unit of FMC Jabi, she visited FMC Yola to study the activities of the hospital paupers fund.

Onyogo is well received by the management of FMC Yola and the hospital paupers fund committee.

Onyogo, having commended Prof Sa’ad for his foresight and for arranging her study tour, explains that she is in FMC Yola mainly to learn about the hospital paupers fund.

Onyogo, on behalf of the management of FMC Jabi, commended the management of FMC Yola and the hospital paupers fund committee for their understanding and maximum cooperation.

“I’m hear to learn about about the hospital paupers fund; how it is established, the composition of the fund scheme’s members, the sources of fund, the activities and challenges of the funds scheme,” Onyogo says.

Onyogo requests to know these Tuesday, during interactive session with the hospital paupers fund committee members at the secretariat of the fund’s scheme in FMC Yola

Alh. Suleiman Abdullahi is the chairman of the hospital paupers; having welcomes the guest from FMC Jabi, says that the fund’s scheme has been rendering free consultancy services to health facilities that want to introduce hospital paupers fund scheme.

“We’ve earlier received members of the social welfare of FMC Keffi, Nassarawa state and FMC Azare, Bauchi state, who have come to study the activities of the hospital paupers fund in FMC Yola. We gave them the blueprint to be able to establish their own,” Abdullahi explains.

FMC Yola hospital paupers fund is establishment by Prof. Auwal Muhammad Abubakar the Medical Director FMC Yola, following the growing number of the indigent patients admitted in hospital, necessitated by the activities of the insurgents and the economic meltdown; considering the lean resources of the health facility and the newly introduced TSA and the IPPIS policies of the government.

“The Federal Medical Centre, Yola has traditionally been exempting payment for the healthcare services rendered to such category of patients referred to as indigent patients, as one of her corporate social responsibilities.

“However, the upsurge in the number of those requiring such exemptions and the dwindling financial resources of the hospital have made the management to look into the matter with a view to finding a sustainable solution.

“This has led to the creation of a Hospital Paupers Fund committee, which inauguration was celebrated on Thursday 16, August 2015.

“The fund committee, has 18 members categorised into external and internal members.

“The external members represent the three geopolitical zones of the state. They are also drawn from retired civil servants with excellent records during their service carriers.

“The internal members are members of staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, that represent the required service windows.

“The chairman of the hospital paupers fund is Alhaji Suleiman Abdullahi; a onetime General Manager Savannah Sugar Company, gubernatorial aspirant, a politician who cultivates the philosophy of politics without bitterness, agricultural consultant with the Kelele Nigeria Limited and serving board member of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology MAUTECH Yola.

“The Hospital Paupers Fund, Yola HPFY has as its terms of reference to:

1. Sensitise philanthropic individuals, corporate bodies and the general public on the plight of the indigent patients.

2. Seek for financial assistance towards meeting the healthcare services needs of the indigent patients.

“The HPFY went into collaboration with the managements of media organisations in Adamawa state with a view to sensitising well meaning individuals and organisations, inviting them to join the corporate and collective social responsibility by assisting the indigent patients through the Hospital Paupers Fund.

“The fund committee has received the postings of the traditional leaders; the monarchs by means of courtesy calls before approaching individuals and organisations to contribute funds for services rendered to indigent patients at FMC Yola.

“However, the beneficiaries to the fund must meet certain conditions before they could draw on the funds resources. The criteria to be fulfilled are:

a. The beneficiaries must be on admission in the hospital with a hospital number

b. He/she must be recommended for assistance by a consultant in FMC Yola

c. The Head of Clinical Services of the hospital will approve the recommendation and confirm the amount required.

d. The social welfare office will check to confirm that the patient being recommended for assistance is indeed indigent and cannot meet the financial requirement for the services to be rendered.

e. On completion of the procedures above, the request forms are sent to the chairman HPFY for approval.

f. As soon as the chairman’s approval is obtained, the hospital authorities will provide all the recommended services as payment for it is assured.

g. It is important to note that any payment to the hospital for services rendered is made directly into the Treasury Single Account of the hospital.

h. There is no cash transaction between the HPFY and the authorities of the hospital. This arrangement ensures transparency and cuts any possible leakage on the funds.

i. This is a most commendable arrangement set up by the hospital management and adopted by the HPFY.

j. As at now, the services that are being paid for by the fund for indigent patients include; surgeries, investigations, drugs and hospital bed fees.


The management of FMC Yola has allocated a fully furnished office to the HPFC in the hospital.

Faith based organisations in the hospital such as the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria and the Fellowship of Christian Health Workers, have pledged to be contributing funds into the account every month.

The HPFY is also grateful to the individual contributors who extend the philanthropic gesture and the media organisations that keep on publishing and publicising the activities of HPFY as one of their corporate social responsibility.

HPFY is hereby inviting corporate organisations to join the popular call and contribute generously to the scheme:

For individuals and organisations that want to contribute, they can do so through the following fund account Number:

Hospital Paupers Fund, Yola: Zenith Bank Yola: 1014406062.

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Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe



Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.

By Umar Aina Damaturu

The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.

Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.

Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.

Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.

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Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy



Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.

The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.

This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.

The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.

The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.

Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”

The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on

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Adamawa; Communal Clashes; Between the Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, Where lies the Media Misfit, Mischief ?



ADAMAWA: Communal Clashes: Between The Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, where lies the media misfit, mischief?


* Crowther Seth who sues for peace says he will sue the media for for libel before the law

* In the Name of Peace, leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone – Deputy Gov media handler

* In the Name of Peace, don’t insult the media as being misfit or mischief, simply go to court for the alleged libel – The publishers, media managers

The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Crowther Seth has said that he would sue the media for libel.

In a rather undiplomatic and insulting piece, seemed to be articulated by Mr. Seth’s media handlers and shared by the DG Communications to Adamawa State Governor Thursday, Mr. Seth technically denied that the Lunguda people who are reduced to refugees in their own community, have boo booed in the protest demanding for his removal as Deputy Governor for allegedly siding with a hidden villain, said to be the mastermind of wanton destruction of lives and property, resulting to the displacement of people as was reported by the media.

“Is this how bastardised a profession we now have on our hands?

“Is there no price for reporting what defames, embarrasses, lies against and discolours the truth?

“These media hack-writers must know and be prepared to pay the price for their unprofessional and unethical conduct and reporting.

“It is nauseatingly baffling that some of these media organisations that pride themselves as defenders of human rights bother less about hearing and weighing Deputy Governor Crowther Seth before going to town with their hastily cobbled pastiche of so-called news reports…just because their sole purpose was to satisfy the wishes of their paymasters.

“Well, the Office the Deputy Governor has assured that it shall sue.

“It is about time media houses learn some responsible journalistic ethics, even if they have to be taught by a few cases in court,” the piece read in part.

The Media managers in defence of their reporters, wondered what is unprofessional, taking the human angle, reporting the agitation of the aggrieved as it is?

“As for the media organisations who embarked on this campaign of calumny against the deputy governor, where is their honour as purported members of the Fourth Estate?” The piece in sympathy to Crowther Seth asked.

Campaign of calumny! didn’t it happen? Is it the media that has simply reported on the scene that should be challenged for libel or the aggrieved in protest?

Why didn’t the deputy governor who was right there, denied the allegation against him before the governor, in the name of peace?

In the name of peace, the media merely reported that “the Lunguda people of Guyuk local government area, southern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria Monday, demanded the immediate removal of the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Crowther Seth over alleged alliance and clandestine romance with the suspected criminal and mastermind of recent attacks on Dumna-Boshikiri axis, Alh Halilu popularly known as Sarki Yaki (SY) of lafiya lamurde.

“The collective call by the Lunguda community came when the governor and his deputy visited to restore peace in the area.

The Governor was received by protesting against Crowther, crowd carrying placards with inscription: “Arrest Halilu (SY), he is the cause of the problem’’ ‘’Deputy Governor harbouring Halilu SY,’’ ‘’we support Governor Fintiri but Deputy Governor is complicating issues,’’ ‘’deputy Governor harbouring war monger halilu (SY)’’ the report read in part.

Now hear the introductory part of the piece on “In the Name of Peace leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone.”

“I read with great sadness the unprofessional and malicious reports in the media attempting, in vain, to link the deputy governor of Adamawa State, Chief Crowther Seth, to the unfortunate crisis that recently broke out between the Lunguda and Waja communities in Dumna District, Guyuk local government area of the state.

“Having digested the trash I read, I decided to refrain from replying and let things be but here I am responding to the feeble antics of desperate politicians who are envious of the superlative track record of the Ahmadu Umar Fintiri-led administration in the state.

“However, seeing that the architects of this defamatory campaign are bent on poisoning the minds of the good people of Guyuk local government area and the general public, it has become necessary to put the records straight.”

Put the record straight? What record and why was it not put straight before the aggrieved in protest when the governor paid an arbitration visit on Monday?

What’s the offence of the media? Is it simply for reporting?

How we wish that media would be represented in the administrative panel, whose outcome it is hoped, would put the record straight while wait to be invited before the law for alleged media libel against the deputy governor as he threatens to file.


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