*Sets up seven-man committee to raise N20million
Congress of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has set up a seven-man committee to raise the sum of N20million to save an ailing member, Mr. Ben Bright-Mkpuma.
The Congress led by Paul Ella Abechi at its monthly meeting reviewed the case of the 49 year old online journalist based in Abuja who works with www.watchdogreporters.com
The prolific journalist has needs the support to help finance his kidney transplant surgery.
Ben Bright-Mkpuma, who hails from Ebonyi State was a business, finance and economy reporter. He’s been down since late last year.
“24th December last year, I went into coma after the dialysis. It is God that brought me back to life. I have been punctured in my lower abdomen severally. My doctor has now suggested that I will be given a permanent line in my hand which, as at last year cost N180, 000. I don’t know how much it will cost this year”
Speaking from his sick bed, he said, “It is pretty difficult for me to maintain daily dialysis because of the cost. It cost approximately N30, 000 per treatment and I need to do that thrice every week. It was advised we go for transplant.”
The surgery is expected to be carried out in Garki General Hospital by Indian doctors, “I need about N20 million for the surgery and post surgical rehabilitation but before I undergo it, I need dialysis to survive.”
“Nigerians are urged to rise stoutly and contribute to save one of us, Ben Bright-Mkpuma. We are so certain that we can pull this through like every other case we have intervened in the past. Soon, we shall return to thank God for bringing people who contributed the funds to help him save and have his health back in good shape,” said the form Zamalek SC of Egypt handball star, Olajide Fashikun
The seven-man committee includes Olajide Fashikun, Blessing David, Cosmas Ekpunobi, Frances Ochigbo, Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Umar Mohammed and Folusho Akinwumi.