- 41 patients received financial support from the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) on Saturday, July 11
- Leader of AILM, Prince Emmanuel Sam said the initiative was in celebration of Governor Udom Emmanuel's 54th birthday
- Two mothers of multiple birth children and 39 other patients were among the beneficiaries
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Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) a foremost sociopolitical group in Akwa Ibom state on Saturday, July 11, gave out cash to 41 indigent patients in some hospitals in the state.
National leader of AILM, Prince Emmanuel Sam said the initiative was in celebration of Governor Udom Emmanuel's 54th birthday celebration.
He said the group chose to celebrate the governor's birthday with people in need in hospitals across the three senatorial districts of the state to mark the day.
Two mothers of multiple birth children at Saint Luke's Hospital Anua and 39 other patients received AILM's financial support to offset their hospital bills.
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One of the patients at General Hospital, Iquita, Oron, who benefited from the outreach by the group was discharged from the hospital more than a fortnight ago according to the hospital management, but she could not pay her outstanding bill of N5000, hence she could not leave the hospital.
Presenting the cash donation to the benefiting patients at General Hospital, Iquita, Oron and Saint Luke's Hospital, Anua, Uyo, Sam said members of the movement were pleased to use the governor's birthday to reach out to some Akwa Ibom people.
“As a group, we have visited three hospitals, one in each of the three senatorial districts, and have paid the bills of some patients. This is our own birthday gift to the governor,” Sam, who is the special assistant on local media to the governor said.
Earlier this year, Sam gave out 600 sets of uniforms to pupils of Saint John's Catholic Primary school, Eniong Offot, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
Presenting the uniforms to the headmistress of the school on Wednesday, February 26, Sam said the initiative would boost the pupils' morale and they will be excited to learn if they are properly dressed in clean uniforms.
According to him, old and torn school uniforms could dull the morale of pupils and lower their self-esteem and academic performance.
He further said the donation was to show appreciation to his boss, the governor, for continuing the free and compulsory education policy of the state.
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