The Akwa Ibom state Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Frank Archibong, has sponsored the surgery of a 3-year old boy Emmanuel Akaninyene who was diagnosed of chronic eye cancer.
Platinum.ng gathered that the 3-year old Emmanuel, from Etinan Local Government Area, was abandoned at the facility of the NGO, Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) in Eket Local Government Area, by his parents due to lack of funds.
Emmanuel who is said to have suffered the sight challenge for over a year was reportedly taken to the funeral home of Late Engr. Archibong, brother of the ALGON Chairman, by the Eket Coordinator of the NGO facility, Mrs. Elizabeth Akpan.
She stated that despite the grieving and mournful state of the Eket First family then, Mr. Archibong who doubles as the Eket council boss doled out the sum of N4m for the immediate surgery and rehabilitation of Emmanuel.
The surgery according to Elizabeth Akpan was successfully carried out at Mercy Hospital in Abak LGA of the state.
Akpan stated that the severity of the ailment and its speedy spread kept the little boy in the hospital to undergo chemotherapy.
In their remarks, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), through its founder, Mr. Samuel Itauma, described Mr. Archibong as an archetype of a responsive leader, who feels the pulses of the people.
Mr. Itauma who spoke in a phone conversation with newsmen maintained that there is no better way to impact humanity in the society than to invest in the health of the people. He called on others to take a cue from the kind gesture of Mr. Archibong.
“This is the true essence of leadership. When a leader invests in education, health and job creation then you can confidently say you have a leader and Frank Archibong is one of them”. He said.
The Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network, founded in 2003 with a mission to reduce the alarming rate of street abandoned children and ensuring their rehabilitation and reintegration into the society, has aided in changing the stories of many Nigerian children.
Mr. Itauma also called for Partnership from government agencies, Non-governmental organizations to further aid in protecting child rights and to encourage a better living for children in their care.