By our Reporter
In its efforts to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown thereby putting smiles on faces of Cross River people, the Ben Akak Foundation has donated the sum of N500,000 and food items to the Palace of the Obong of Calabar as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the State.
Making the donation to the Etuboms Traditional Council at the Obong’s Palace, Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Engr. Ben Akak, said the foundation was only fulfilling a burning desire to provide palliatives to Cross River people, including the Chiefs and those working in the palace.
Engr Akak said due to the roles the Obong and his council of Etuboms was playing in maintaining peace and order in Calabar as a State capital, extending the gesture to the palace was needful and appropriate.
He explained further that apart from the donations the foundation was making across all divides in the state, its primary mission was to embark on charity work, serve humanity and upgrade women empowerment in the manner that would create meaningful employment as well as engaging the unemployed in meaningful activities.
“We are here today to identify with and to contribute our quota to the palace within this period of Covid-19. We are here to show total submission to the throne. The Palace has been at the forefront of maintaining peace and unity amongst our people and has shown true leadership in all ramifications and so we are here to appreciate all what God has used our fathers here to do in this city.
“It is on this note that I humbly submit that we came here to support your efforts with food stuff ranging from rice, noodles, garri and others, including the sum of N500,000 cash to cushion the effect of the covid -19 lockdown.
“With what our people are passing through at this period of lockdown, I wish to also call on other sons and daughter of the Efik kingdom to look inward and see how they could reach out to the needy to help everybody survive the pains of having to stay at home,” he said.
Responding, the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, who was represented by the Chairman of the Etubom Tradional Council, HRH Etubom Bassey Okor Bassey Duke, commended the Ben Akak foundation for the gesture.
He expressed happiness that Cross River was still Covid-19 free and therefore called on other sons and daughter of the Efik kingdom to emulate the steps taken by the Ben Akak Foundation by using their goodwill to reach out to the needy in the society.
“I appeal to all Cross Riverians and everyone residing in the State to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in other to contain the spread of the virus in the state,” he stated.
At the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River state Council, where the Foundation also visited with food items, the Foundation Chairman commended the NUJ for lending support to him in his years of yore.
He said his visit was a sort of thank you gesture and to encourage Journalists not to give up on their good but hazardous profession since by so doing; service was being rendered to humanity.
While donating rice, noodles and other items to the Union, Akak pledged the resolve of his foundation to always partner the NUJ in future endeavors and projects.
Responding, the State Chairman of the NUJ, Mr Victor Udu, who received the items on behalf of members, lauded the foundation Chairman for remembering Journalists in the state.
He said since Journalists were also in the frontline of the fight against Covid-19, such gesture would serve as a booster in the onerous job of information dissemination.