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54 bags of rice fell on this man and paralysed him

Mr. Lucky Omovie, whose spinal cord was broken after about 54 bags of rice that he was loading at the warehouse of his employer in Warri caved in on him in 2004, has appealed to Delta State Government, corporate organisations and well-spirited individuals to assist him to raise at  least N5m to carry out treatment in a German hospital.

Omovie, who has been paralysed since the unfortunate incident, five years ago, said he had been issued quit notice by his landlord, for owing over two years rent. Omovie also has no money to feed his wife and children.

Omovie...I’m  paralysed from  my waist   down  to my  feet
Omovie...I’m paralysed from my waist down to my feet

“I am paralysed from my waist down to my feet, and since my discharge from the hospital, the only assistance I have got from my company was the provision of a wheel chair based on the recommendation of a doctor, who asked the company to fly me to Germany for treatment”, he said, lamenting that the company has not done anything other thing since then.

Omovie  said that if he were to be hale and hearty, he would not be begging for assistance but would work to earn a living and take care of his wife and the children God gave him.

The  Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Delta State,  through its chairman, Barrister Oghenjabor Ikimi also lent its voice to the Omovie appeal, specifically calling on the governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan,  as a matter of humanitarian gesture to come to the aid of the victim, “ as same is inconsonance with the provisions of Section 14, subsection 2, paragraph b of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  which states that the primary responsibility of government shall be to ensure the welfare and security of its citizenry.”

Omovie stated that the cost of the treatment as at 2007 was N3 million and he requested for an additional N2 million then from the company for the upkeep of his wife and  children during the period of his treatment for 26 months. He pointed out that as at now, the cost of the treatment alone would have exceeded N5 million.

A staff of the company who confided in Saturday Vanguard said Omovie is not a staff of the company, adding, “He is just a casual worker who comes to company for anything to keep body and soul together. But on that ill-fated day, the bags of rice he was off-loading from a vehicle into the warehouse fell on him because they were not stacked well.

“You will agree with me that the owner of the company, who is just an ordinary businessman that was lending a helping hand to Lucky Omovie cannot foot the bill of N5 million he’s talking about. When the doctor asked him to buy a wheel chair for the victim, he bought it because he could afford it. But he has not N5 million to give to Lucky.

“Instead of Lucky to be accusing the man that  provided him succour, no matter how small, at his time of need of abandoning him, he should realise that it’s not possible for the man to raise that kind of money and I join him in appealing to the government to come to his assistance because he’s really passing through hard times since the incident”, he added.


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