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Diaspora group, Rotary Clubs empower vulnerable persons in Akwa Ibom

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Representative of Akwa Ibom\Cross River State Association, Netherlands (AKCROSS Union NL) and Rotary Club of The Hague (Metropolitan), Anne Edet (right) giving out relief items donated by the groups in partnership with Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene, Metro District 9142, GRA Province to some vulnerable persons in Akwa State.

To cushion the effects of COVID-19, a Netherlands-based non-governmental organisation under the aegis of Akwa Ibom/Cross River State Association, Netherlands (AKCROSS) Union NL, Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands, in partnership with Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Ekpene Metro District 9142, GRA Province recently put smiles on the faces of over 100 vulnerable women drawn from communities in Ikot Ekpene Local Council of Akwa Ibom State.

Beneficiaries went home with palliatives, including rice, beans, garri, noodles, tomato, facemasks, hand sanitisers among others.

The event, which took place at the Primary Health Centre, Ikot Ekpene, also featured health talk on cancer and how to prevent spread of Coronavirus.

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The groups also donated to another 100 families in Abak Local Council of the state. Some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation in these times of distress and called on other kind-hearted Nigerians to emulate the gesture.

The President, AKCROSS Union, Netherlands, Mr. John Akpanson, in his goodwill massage said: “The Union chose to empower their people in Netherlands, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states in Nigeria, having been touched by their suffering due to COVID-19.

“We thought we should support the most vulnerable people in our communities by providing relief materials to them. No fewer than 100 indigent families in Ikot Ekpene and Abak Local Councils would benefit. We know that some people’s means of livelihood have been negatively affected by the pandemic. We hope our support would ease their pains.”

In his goodwill message read by the representative of Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands, Anne Edet appreciated The Hague’s Rotary Club, for showing so much love to people and also thanked the Rotary Club in Ikot Ekpene and Abak local councils for partnering with them to ensure that the palliatives reached the target audience, especially the widows and orphans.

Representative of the Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene, Metro District 9142, GRA Province, Mr. Ubong Obot, appreciated AKCROSS association in Netherland and Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands for kind gesture. He assured them of their continued partnership to ensure that they live meaningful lives in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Madam Sifon Matthew and Nsinyene Lucky, thanked the donors for their show of love and for remembering them in their trying times.

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