Hope Rises for Victims, As Emem Akpabio Donates Relief Materials to Essien Udim IDPs
Hope was again rekindled for victims of the recent crisis in Essien Udim LGA, as a former top management staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Sir Emem Akpabio on Monday, donated relief materials to the IDP camp.
Sir Akpabio who visited the IDP Camp at St Anne’s Catholic Cathedral, Ifuho in Ikot Ekpene LGA, donated materials consisting of rice, beans, instant noodles and other food stuff.
Flanked by the Member representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Barr. Esse Umoh, Chairman of Essien Udim LGC, Hon. Anthony Luke amongst others, Sir Emem Akpabio expressed sadness over the recent unrest in the area which has displaced several families.
While regretting that the situation has stalled farming activities in the area, Sir Emem Akpabio consoled with victims of the crisis and promised to stand by them to overcome the current situation.
He commended the prompt and timely response of other well-meaning indigenes of the area towards further alleviating the plight of the affected victims.
He equally assured them that he will facilitate more relief materials to cater for the increased number of persons at the camp.
He warned those perpetrating violence in Essien Udim to desist from such act, as government was poised to putting an end to the crisis.
Others who spoke including the Chairman of Essien Udim LGC, Hon. Anthony Luke and the Member representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Hon. Esse Umoh, thanked Sir Emem Akpabio for his gesture.
They thanked the state government for its assistance and called on other well-placed indigenes of the area to intervene by providing more relief items to the IDP camp.
Donations also came from a foremost socio-cultural organization, Ati Annang, Essien Udim Chapter.
Some of the IDPs who spoke with our reporter, thanked the donors for their generosity, indicating that the donated materials would go a long way in alleviating hunger at the camp.
They however called for compensation from the state government to enable them start up a new life, as most of their house and business premises had been razed down following the military operation.