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    Ex-militant, Tompolo Foundation Spends N130 million on Health—Chief Scribe

    April 18th, 2014 | by Watchdog Reporters

    *Turns philanthropist. Written by Cletus Opukeme, Warri Executive Secretary Tompolo Foundation, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo has revealed that the foundation so far, spent over N130 million in providing good health in the hospital in Gbaramatu during a chat with Watchdog Reporters today in Warri. Tompolo is one of Nigeria’s top ex-militants, hails from Delta state, one of the richest oil producing states in the Delta region.  Available record indicates that the former fighter for equity in the sharing of the oil resources is a close associate of President Goodluck Jonathan, he presently holding about $10 billion oil pipeline surveillance contract, which is expected to run for a period of years. He is the wealthiest young ex-militant in the region. According to him, “Our President formed the foundation on two reasons, one to handle education and health needs of our people. “It’s exactly one year since the foundation took over the abandoned hospital now, we have spent over N130 million in running it. “We have handled over 400 surgeries free of charge. We don’t charge a dime for any treatment, drugs and cards. “Over 310 persons from Warri has benefited from our free treatment also. The hospital has handled several deliveries aside cases of Malaria and Cholera.” Bebenimibo added that the foundation has trained 50 science teachers after giving free books, sandals, bags, and uniforms to 15 primary schools in Gbaramatu kingdom. “We have donated hospital equipment, drugs to hospitals. We also donated education materials to many schools. “Our vision is to alleviate the pains of the people. We took to education because of the insinuations that our people lack education that is why they take to arm struggle.” The Executive Secretary added that the foundation is preparing to launch a N25million blood screening equipment in the coming weeks. He calls on the Delta State government to take over the running of the hospital to enable the foundation concentrate on other areas.   “We still run the hospital because of the pains we have for our people. We want the government to come and take over the running of the hospital to enable us do other things.”