Victims of Kerosene explosion receiving treatment in Immanuel General Hospital, Eket on Tuesday received a birthday present from Governor Udom Emmanuel who was marking his 51st birthday on the altar of projects commissioning and impactful leadership.
The birthday present, which was courtesy of the transition committee chairman of Eket Local government, Hon. Frank Archibong was to aid in the victim’s welfare and hospital bills throughout their stay in the hospital.
The TC who doubles as the ALGON Chairman, Akwa Ibom state took the Governor’s 51st birthday celebration as a unique opportunity to return dividend of democracy and leadership through his accustomed philanthropic attributes to the people he leads, by visiting different hospitals in the LGA and providing succor to the less privileged.
In Immanuel Hospital, the Algon Chairman was so touched seeing a case of three female children (all of one family) who were seriously burnt in a kerosene explosion along Ikot Udoma road in the LGA sometimes last week.
In his brief remark, Archibong felt pained while commiserating with the family who had lost one in the misfortune of this kerosene explosion, urging the government to tackle the menace of illegal bunkering as it does not just deplete the economy of the nation but possess great risks to the polity.
“It is very unfortunate that you are faced with this ugly incidence beyond your control. I have called relevant authorities to ensure that those who indulge in this illicit act of injecting adulterated petroleum product into the polity are apprehended and charged to court”
“As i am talking to you, the filling station where the kerosene was bought has been discovered by the petroleum regulation bodies, and there will soon be subjected to questions.”
“This is a birthday present from Governor Emmanuel to you for supporting him in 2015, standing by him till today, and your promised support in 2019. I hope it goes a long way to settle some of your bills”- he said.
Apart from making a very generous cash donation to the family of the victims, he urged the Hospital Management to provide proper treatment to the victims to ensure their quick recovery.
The victim’s family in their response praised the Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Hon. Frank Archibong, Eket TC for coming to their aid, prayed God’s blessing upon them for a successful political, promising to gather more support for their political aspiration when discharged.
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