Buhari’s Award, Wike’s Promises Yet To Be Fulfilled To My Husband – Widow Of Man Who Drowned While Saving 13 Others Laments

Blankson, alongside his sisters on 28 July 2018, had been in a passenger boat from Abonnema Wharf heading to Bakana.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, Mercy Blankson, the widow of Joseph Blankson, a Nigerian man who saved 13 lives in a ship mishap in Rivers State, however died within the course of, has lamented the hardship the household has been subjected to, after her husband’s sudden demise.

Blankson, alongside his sisters on 28 July 2018, had been in a passenger boat from Abonnema Wharf heading to Bakana.

However, the boat crashed into an object and finally capsised.

Nigerians on the time hailed the heroic efforts of the deceased individual to save lots of the lives of others to his detriment, urging the federal government to make sure the bereaved household was nicely taken care of.

Weeks after the incident, the Rivers State Government introduced the setup of an training endowment fund for the kids of the late hero.

The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, whereas receiving Blankson’s household at Government House, Port Harcourt, additionally gave rapid employment to the widow, Mercy Blankson, a graduate of microbiology and suggested her to speculate the cash in a scheme that will finest profit the kids and assure their future.

However, talking with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, Mercy stated the guarantees made by the governor weren’t fulfilled.

According to her, efforts to succeed in out to the governor, and his spouse, Justice Eberechi Wike, have proved abortive.

The bereaved girl added that in October final yr, President Muhammadu Buhari bestowed a posthumous award (Special Award for bravery and patriotism) on Blankson. However, there have been no advantages connected to it for the household.

According to her, when she made efforts to succeed in out to the organisers of the award, it was alleged that some individuals had embezzled the funds meant for the household.

She added that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai (*13*), promised to present her a job however had but to assist her safe any.

The younger girl lamented the issue in feeding and taking good care of herself and the kids. She, nonetheless stated there are some good Samaritans who help her with the kids’s maintenance.

She stated, “Governor Wike promised some cash, he even promised me a job, I attempted to do a follow-up however nothing got here out of it.

“There was a posthumous award for him final yr by the President and never even something was connected to it, not scholarship, job, not even a penny. So, once I tried reaching out to the organisers, they stated it’s like they’ve eaten the cash, that they don’t know.

“Lai (*13*) promised to present me a job, I attempted to succeed in out to him, however nothing. The award was supposed to come back with advantages, it was a presidential award however nothing got here out of it.

“I wrote Governor Wike, his spouse, I even chatted the spouse by way of WhatsApp, I wrote to totally different individuals however nothing has come out of it. Life has been troublesome, sincerely, although there are nonetheless one or two individuals that assist however life has been troublesome. You know what it’s like coaching youngsters, maintenance and stuff, medical payments and all the things.

”I’m the one one bearing the burden of those individuals. My husband was working for one indigenous building firm, and he does diesel provide, provides in vans earlier than his dying.”

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