The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, on Tuesday, made a surprise visit to the Mother Charles Walker Children’s Home and St. Luke’s General Hospital, Anua Offot, Uyo to mark his 54th birthday which also doubled as Nigeria’s Independence day.
“There are people who can’t take care of certain basic obligations and I thought the best way to celebrate my birthday was to spread love rather partying” he stated his reason for the gesture, as he was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Queen Okon, friends and well-wishers including Akwa Ibom Female Youth Association.
At the Mother Charles Walker Children’s Home, Mr Akan cut his birthday cake with the children and made donations which include food and toiletries, educational materials and cash. He charged the children to be God-fearing, obedient and respectful to the authority of the centre and their elders to gain the blessing of God and fulfil their dreams in life.
Responding to the kind gesture, the Coordinator of the Centre, Rev Sister Matilda Inyang, expressed appreciation to Mr Okon and wife for providing succour for the children and stressed that the gesture would go a long way in putting smiles on the faces of the children.
The Commissioner also made another stop at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua Offot, Uyo, where he paid medical bills for over 12 mothers who were delivered of their babies on October 1 and other patients who had challenges with footing their medical bills.
Also responding, the Medical Doctor in charge of the Labour Ward, Dr Emmanuel Boniface Okon, and his colleague at the Post-Natal Ward, Dr Uyaiabasi Eshiet, thanked Mr Okon and wife for their thoughtfulness and for offering their milk of kindness to the less-privileged.
According to them, “This gesture and thoughtfulness go a long way in putting not just smiles on the faces of these patients, but also demonstrates your genuine love and care for them.”