The special intervention by the wife the Governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel has brought succor to several victims of kerosene explosion in Akwa Ibom State.
The state’s First Lady who has been working closely with the PPMC assisting the victims has visited and foot the medical bills of the victims at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and encouraged them with prayers.
The Governor’s wife whose intervention came through her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Programme(FEYReP), anchored by the coordinator of the programme Mrs Ime Inyangeyen.
Other areas the several victims could be assisted includes, funding of awareness programmes including engagement of four vehicles to carry out awareness to the public not to use any kerosene purchased from local road side sellers, logistics and manpower.
Awareness program by Television and radio stations having coverage areas within Akwa Ibom State for about fourteen (14) days.
Relief supplies including Medicines for serious victims and purchase of washing machine and fridge for the Disaster Ward of the hospital.
On Monday 5th December, 2016 at about 2pm, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Matters / Chairman of PPMC, Obong Essien Esema received a report from the Director of Family Enhancement and Youth Re-orientation Programme, (FEYRep) Mrs. Ime Inyangeyen regarding new cases of severe degree of burns of about eight people resulting from kerosene explosion. They are currently on admission at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
This was stabilised due to the periodic arrivals of victims. The PPMC decided to carry out surveillance and monitoring activities in these areas.
An interim report by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Monitoring, Barr Essien Esema revealed that as at Tuesday December 6, 2016, more than 23 cases had been recorded at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
Barr. Esema explained that, “the impact of the kerosene explosions that was contaminated with other forms of fuel sources appears widespread. That means that the kerosene was purchased and used by many people living in and around Eket town; Efa Junction, Etinan LGA; Ikot Oku Ikono in Uyo LGA, and Uyo Village road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.