The House of Representatives on Thursday promised to foot the balance of N10m required for the surgery of a Nigerian baby girl born without a skull.
The Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, made the promise in Abuja when he met with the parents of the girl, Okikioluwa Olawuyi.
The baby and the parents were brought to Tambuwal by a delegation of Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care led by the Coordinator, Mr. Nuhu Kwajafa.According to the speaker, the money will be donated by lawmakers from their private pockets.
He praised the organisation for its humanitarian services, saying, “We are commending Mr. Kwajafa for his efforts and we want Nigerian youths to emulate him.
“I will consult with the leadership of the House and other members and we will pick the remaining parts of the bill.”
On baby Okikioluwa, Kwajafa said that so far, the organisation had raised $234, 000 required for the surgery at the John Hopkins University, but added that N10m more was needed to complete the bill.
“She will be there in the USA for one year and will required additional N10m for other costs of her going to the US and staying for the operation”, he added.
Kwajafa informed the speaker that the baby’s father, Mr. Caleb Olawuyi, was now being accommodated by the organisation in Abuja after the family was evicted from Ibadan, Oyo State due to the health condition of the mystery child.