By Yunusa Abdullahi
About One Million Naira has been donated to the victims of the recent bomb blast at Jambutu Jummat mosque by the Senate on Sunday the 8th of November, 2015. This was announced by the Senate Leader Senator Ali Ndume who led Nine other Senators from the National Assembly that visited the victims of the bomb blast at the Federal Medical Center and Yola Specialist Hospital to sympathise and commiserate with the government and people of Adamawa state over the unfortunate incident which claimed so many lives and injured innocent people at the Jambutu Jummat mosque recently.
Senator Ali Ndume revealed that the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira each has been donated in assistance to the victims who were receiving medical attention at both the Specialist Hospital as well as the Federal Medical Center Yola. He stated that the Senate delegation were in Adamawa state on behalf of the Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general to bring soccour to the victims of the bomb blast and also to collaborate with other relevant agencies such as NEMA, International Committee of the Red Cross Society and other NGOs in the country on how to assist the victims.
Senator Ali Ndume also explained that the National Assembly is looking for the possibility on how to upgrade the Federal Medical Center Yola to a Teaching Hospital status, stressing that all the senators from the North East region were in support of the move on upgrading the centre to a Teaching Hospital. The delegation prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the deceased and prayed to God to give the families the fortitude to bear the loss. The Senate Leader also prayed for the quick recovery of those that were receiving medical treatment at the hospitals.
While receiving the delegation from the National Assembly, the Chief Medical Directors of Specialist Hospital Yola Dr Bala Saidu and that of Federal Medical Center Prof Awwal Muhammed Abubakar thanked members of the Senate for the sympathy and concern shown to the victims of the bomb blast and assured them that the assistance given for treating victims would be judiciously utilised for the purpose intended. The Chief Medical Directors also informed the delegation that they received similar donations from other organisations like NEMA, International committee of the Red Cross and other wealthy individuals who came to the aid of the victims at the Two Hospitals.
The Chief Medical Directors however revealed that already most of the patients who sustained minor injuries have been treated and discharged while few others were receiving medical attention at both centers. All the Three Senators from Adamawa state accompanied the delegation from the National Assembly which include Senator Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako representing Adamawa central, Senator Binta Masi Garba representing Adamawa North and Senator Mohammed MoAllahyidi representing Adamawa Southern Senatorial zone respectively.