Luck smiled broadly on a 10-month-old baby at the venue of the ongoing Kogi State Civil Service Appeals Committee sitting near the Government House, when the Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, came across a 10-month-old baby with a hole in the heart strapped to the mother’s back.
On enquiry, the mother of the troubled baby, Abdulfatai Abdulkareem, who was waiting clearance by the appeal verification panel, briefed the governor on what the child is suffering from and how she had decided to leave his faith in the hands of God since she was not able to afford the huge amount demanded by hospital for the surgery.
The mother of the baby, Mrs. Habibat Abubakar Abdulkareem, a civil servant was at the venue to sort out her work record with the appeal panel, which was set up by the governor to handle complaints and appeals by civil servants who have issues with the report of the verification panel, which had since turned in its report to the government.
She was still clutching her sick son when the governor noticed her and the bay and asked what was wrong with him and the mother broke into tears, fearing the governor had come to do with her.
“Even if I sell everything I have, it would be impossible for me to raise the required millions the doctors have told me in order to take this baby out for surgery to fix the hole in his heart,” the mother narrated to Governor Bello, who appeared deeply troubled by the child’s ailment, requiring urgent intervention to save his life.
But moved by pity for the toddler, Bello promised to sponsor the treatment of the child anywhere the mother wanted him taken to so as to save his life.
The mother, who could not hide her joy, broke into tears of joy, thanking God and the governor for coming to the aid of the family, which had given up on what to do in order to salvage the child.
The Governor, who spent over 30 minutes interacting with the committee members and civil servants, expressed satisfaction with the quality and speed of work being done by the committee. He praised the dedication of the committee members, who are working late nights and over weekends in order to meet the six-week deadline given by the Governor.
The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the visit was a demonstration of the empathy the Governor feels for his followers and the genuine love he enjoys amongst the people of the state.
He said, “To enthrone transparency in the process of the Appeals Committee, the proceedings are being live-streamed and the governor is seeing everything live in his office. He still made the time to go and interact freely with the people, where he directly explained to them the purpose of the exercise.
He also promised that the committee would do all it can to ensure they meet the six-week deadline to complete their assignment and submit their report to the Governor.
Meanwhile, 97 pensioners were paid a total of N191, 655, 313.35 as gratuity last week. According to Fanwo, more will get their retirement benefits as the system gets more regularized and computerized.