Calabar Tragedy: PHEDC Donates Relief Materials, Cash to Victims


Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has donated relief materials, including drugs  and cash to victims of last Thursday’s electrocution at a viewing centre in Nyagassang, Calabar municipality, Cross River State.

The donations were made yesterday at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), where most of the victims are being treated of various degrees of burns, and forms of injuries they sustained as a result of the tragic incident.

Aside from the undisclosed sum of money, items donated included honey, beverages, gloves, bottles of water, and standing fans.

The company’s Regional Manager, Mr. Joseph Aikowe, who presented the relief materials and cash to the victims, said the money should be used for feeding of the victims who are receiving treatment in the hospital.

Aikowe said the donation was in fulfillment of the Group Managing Director of PHEDC made the last time he visited them in the hospital.
“We are here to make some donations to the hospital management will be transmitted to the patients for the good and wellbeing of the patients.

“Even though the government has promised to offset the bills, as a responsible organisation, we felt it was necessary for us to play a part in alleviating the sufferings of the people affected by this incident.

“We have various drugs as prescribed by the hospital management; almost 15 set of drugs, beverages, water, honey and so on. It may not be too much but it would go a long way to lessen the burdens of the people,” Aikowe said.

Receiving the donations, the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Dr Thomas Agan, said the hospital was grateful for the gesture done to the victims of the electrocution.
Agan said the relief materials and the money would be applied strictly to the purposes for which they were meant.