How the family of an ISWAP-abducted doctor and 80 others got apartments in Maiduguri
Jhe family of a Borno State-based doctor who was abducted by the terrorist group Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) has benefited from a housing scheme for doctors in the ‘State.
Dr. Bulama Gaidam, currently in ISWAP captivity, was abducted on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from Gubio, where he held the position of Chief Medical Officer of the General Hospital.
The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, penultimate week handed over 81 units of three-bedroom apartments along with checks worth a total of N79 million to 81 resident doctors in the state.
Each of the doctors was given a tastefully constructed apartment in the specially constructed estate for the doctors in 13 blocks of two-storey buildings, each block having six apartments. The neighborhoods, located in Maiduguri, were fenced, landscaped, flowered and equipped with sports facilities and a playground.
The wards’ 13 blocks have a combined number of 78 flats, while another storey building at Muhammadu Shuwa Memorial Hospital has three additional flats totaling 81.
Daily Trust learned that two of the 81 apartments were fully furnished, while 79 were not yet furnished.
However, Zulum presented a check for N1 million as furniture support to each of the 79 doctors who were allocated the 79 flats.
Governor Zulum handed over the keys to one of two fully furnished apartments to the abducted doctor’s wife, while consoling her.
He reinforced her hope that one day she would be reunited with her husband.
The governor assured all 81 doctors who benefited from the program that the government will make efforts to help them power a backup generator installed for the wards.
He, however, urged doctors to form a residents’ association through which they can help find ways to maintain the estate’s facilities and improve their common safety.
He also promised that more doctors who were not among the 81 beneficiaries will be supported in other ways.
It should be recalled that the doctors’ quarters were commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on February 24, 2022, after which modalities were put in place for consultative selection and allocation to beneficiary doctors.
The Vice President commissioned the apartments in Maiduguri to launch the Borno edition of the Federal Government’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic.
Meanwhile, upon handing over the 81 apartments and doctors’ checks, Governor Zulum ordered the provision of two buses for permanent parking in neighborhoods to transport them to hospitals for health services.
In their response, a representative of the physicians pledged to reciprocate the gesture by improving their medical services to patients in their respective hospitals.