~By Mfreke Udonkang
Hope rises for 62-year-old blind Ette Ekerette Udo Ebong, from Ikono Local Government as the Councilor representing Ikono Ward 8, Hon Aniekan Asuquo, has assured that, in no distant time, Ekerette Udo Ebong will take possession of a newly constructed four bedroom bungalow.
It could be recalled that few months ago, the Councillor had promised to take it upon himself to provide shelter for Ebong after he discovered Ebong, who is blessed with four children, had no place to rest his head.
Ette Ekerette Udo Ebong hails from Ikot Akpa Edet, Ndiya in Ikono Local Government Area.
Hon. Aniekan, popularly called “Pele” gave the assurance while addressing pressmen who visited the site to see the level of work done.
He said the construction of the building commenced two months ago, and should have been completed by now but for the COVID-19 lockdown. He assured that the house will soon be completed for the beneficiary and his family to move in.
The Councillor noted that he decided to provide a shelter for Ebong as fulfilment of the promise he made the day he first saw the disconcerting, horrible and unhealthy state of the family’s shelter. He maintained that his motivation came from his political mentor, Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, the member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, who he described as a philanthropist and a man with liberal heart for the needy.
Speaking at the site, the visually impaired person disclosed that he was a welder until his sight began malfunctioning and eventually got damaged completely on March 7th 1999, making him homebound for 20 years.
He could not hold back tears of joy as he praised the Councillor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for giving Hon. Aniekan the platform to serve his people, portraying himself as a major beneficiary of the councillor’s milk of kindness. He admitted that he least expected to own a house of his.
While praying for God’s protection upon the Reps member, Councillor and his family, Ette Ebong called on public office holders to emulate Hon. Aniekan Asuquo Akpan.
Recall that on Monday, 16th March 2020, the Honourable Councilor representing ward 8, Ndiya, Hon. Aniekan Asuquo Akpan who is the Chief whip of Ikono Legislative Council and also double as House Committee chairman on Chieftaincy Affairs performed the groundbreaking take-off of the project.