A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio on Tuesday fulfilled the promise he made to a boy, Elijah Aniefiok Edem during the solemn assembly by the All Progressives Congress on Sunday.
Master Edem from Mbiabong Ikot Essien had last Sunday on sighting Senator Akpabio, out of sheer excitement removed the T-shirt he wore, threw it on the floor and asked the Senator to march on it.
It was gathered that the Boy had abandoned his pure water business when he learnt Senator Akpabio would attend the solemn assembly at Nsima Ekere’s campaign ground.
He also reportedly defied the security cordon around the Senator before removing his shirt, threw it on the floor for the Senator to walk on.
Akpabio who was moved by Essien’s commitment promised to give the Boy five hundred thousand Naira to replace the T-shirt.
The Senator in a statement through his confirmed the fulfillment of the gesture on Tuesday.
“Master Edem from Mbiabong Ikot Essien had last Sunday on sighting Senator Akpabio, out of sheer excitement removed the T-shirt he wore, threw it on the floor and asked the Senator to march on it.
“The story of Boy Edem is unique. Although both parents are alive, they are separated. They have both remarried. He lives with his grandmother, Mrs Ema Ani Edem who takes care of him. He is a presently in JS 3 at Secondary School, Etoi. He sells pure water to support the grandmother.
“On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Senator Akpabio through his Special Assistant on Media, Anietie Ekong presented the five hundred thousand Naira cash to Boy Elijah and the grandmother.
“Mr. Ekong later took Elijah to a boutique and literally changed his wardrobe by buying shirts, trousers and shoes for the boy. He later took the Boy and the grandmother to a bank and opened an account in the Boy’s name to be operated by the grandmother and deposited the five hundred thousand Naira for him.”
The elated grandmother said the gesture by Senator Akpabio was God’s visitation to her family.
She said on the fateful day when aides of Senator Akpabio brought her grandson home bare bodied she thought the Boy must have done something against the law until the Special Asistant to the Senator explained that the visit was for good.
She, however, said the funds will be utilized to train Elijah.