From Tom Garba, Yola
Executive Director, Victims Support Fund, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, has disclosed that his organisation has expended over N2 billion to support victims of Boko Haram insurgents in the north east.
Ochoche made the disclosure in Yola during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and cash donations of N10 million and N20 millions from his organization to the Federal Medical Centre(FMC) and the Specialist Hospital ,Yola respectively for free medical treatment for victims of bomb blasts and attacks .
The disbursement of the fund to the two hospitals in Adamawa State were done on Tuesday at different intervals.
The fund, headed by Lt. General T. Y. Danjuma (rtd), was set up by the federal government under former President Goodluck Jonathan to provide support for victims of insurgency. ther Boko Haram victims.
He said so far his organization has dolled out N2 billion to support the Safe School Initiative programme in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Ochoche said the organization has also discovered that some hospitals in these areas affected by insurgency were overstretched with injured victims of attacks and bomb blasts.
According to him, the development informed their decision to target seven hospitals in the affected areas to give them cash support toward aiding the hospitals to give the victims free medical treatment.
He said the Victims Support Fund has also had visited three local government areas of Adamawa namely Mubi South , Mubi North and Hong councils with economic empowerment to women and children.
However the executive director added: “I have said during the signing of the MOU that it is a very stringent one. We have also developed very strict reporting procedures and our team will be working with identified persons and teams in these hospitals that will guide us through the reporting processes and all the critical areas enshrined in the MOU, which had stipulated how the money should be judiciously use.”
Receiving the donation, the Chief Medical Director of the Specialists Hospital Dr Bala Idi, said the gesture would go a long way to aid the treatment of the Boko Haram victims.
Medical Director of FMC, Yola Professor Awwal Abubakar, assured the donors of equitable distribution of the funds.
From Tom Garba, Yola