C’River Lawmaker Provides Free Kerosene To 500 Widows
… Recalled How She Survived Assassination Attempt
Rotimi Olarenwaju, Calabar
The member representing Akpabuyo State constituency in Cross River State House of Assembly, Lady Elizabeth Ironbar, has presented 20liters of kerosene, each, to 500 widows in her locality.
While presenting the kerosene to the beneficiaries yesterday in Ikot Nakanda, Akpabuyo Local Government Area, she said the gesture was aimed at alleviating the suffering of her people.
The lawmaker, who spoke amidst emotion, also doled out 50 customized transistor radio to 50 blind persons in the area shortly after a thanksgiving service held at the Apostolic church in the area.
She recalled in nostalgia how she survived an assassination attempt in the course of her electioneering campaigns, describing her narrow escape as the ‘finger of God.’
She said: “What I have done today is only a humanitarian gesture, aimed at touching the lives of my people.
“I was so touched when I once sighted a blind man, who was abandoned by his family cooking with his hands burnt by fire.
“These customized radios with selected gospel music were intended to help uplift their souls and make them know that all hope was not lost.
“Whenever I recall how God saved me from an assassination attempt during my campaigns, I cannot but thank Him for the protection. It was indeed a narrow escape.”
Meanwhile, both the State governor, Mr. Ben Ayade and speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. John Lebo have restated their resolve to ensure the reconstruction of the dilapidated Federal highway linking Akpabuyo Local Government Area to the Calabar metropolis.
Represented by his chief of staff, Mr. Matins Orim, at the thanksgiving service, Ayade expressed displeasure over the dilapidated state of the Akpabuyo/Calabar road, and assured the people that its reconstruction had been adequately captured in the 2016 budget.
“Be rest assured that this road will be reconstructed. It has been captured in the 2016 budget.”
The road, Ayade noted remains a strategic asset to the people as it will serve as the evacuation corridor for the 260 kilometer super highway project of the state government.
According to the speaker, who led other members of the Assembly to the occasion, the legislators would religiously follow the implementation of the budget to ensure that the provision made for the reconstruction of the Akpabuyo/Calabar road is actualized.
He described Hon. Ironbar as an asset to the Assembly, applauding her insight into legislative business.
The occasion attracted Cross River State former governor, Mr. Donald Duke, among other dignitaries.