By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR- MOTHER of 16 –year- old David Inyang , a 100- level Mechanical Engineering undergraduate of Cross River State University of Technology, CRUTECH, Calabar, Cross River State, electrocuted by a broken down high tension cable of the Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution, PHED, Calabar District, has beseeched Governor Ben Ayade to intercede in her son’s death.
I’m helpless – Mrs. Inyang
Mrs Angela Inyang still confounded by the tragic death, told NDV, “I have lost my only son, the light of my world and I did not come out of the apartment with a pin, apart from the wrapper I tied.
“We lost everything in the incident caused by the collapse of the obsolete and loosely-knit high tension cables on our two-bedroom accommodation at No 14 Adak Uko Street.
“I have been managing to train my two children, Cherry and Favid, since thier father died in 2009, now my only son is gone, I am devastated, I do not even know where to pick up the pieces of my life”
“I am appealing to Governor Ayade to intervene, he should help me and my only surviving daughter, I am just a primary school teacher, everything I have is gone, the Speaker of the House of Assembly should also assist me, I have no one, I am helpless.”
Family demands N10m reparation
The family’s solicitor, Edet Essien Esq., who also is the benefactor of the deceased, in a letter to PHED, Calabar district, demanded for financial reparation of N10 million to the surviving family.
He asserted, “Before the final onslaught by the PHED defective cables, complaints to the Calabar District office had assumed the level of a recurring decimal , on 17th of September when a similar incident happened ,my client and her children were forced to spend the night elsewhere because of their safety.”
Essien, however, noted that no amount of money was worth David’s life, adding, “The pathetic and struggling life Mrs Inyang has been exposed to since nine years ago when she lost her husband has been compounded by her son’s tragic death and the loss of her property, including certificates.
“Before his death on Monday, I gave him some money to buy some books, I have been supporting the young boy for a long time now, he is my son, both in church and in all ramifications, “he said.
PHED won’t abandon family – Onyi
Contacted, the Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, Mr John Onyi, told NDV, “ Our people (PHED) and Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, have visited the family of the young man and we are putting modalities in place to make sure that the right thing is done. We also visited the family of the nursing mother, who died in the incident.
“We, as a responsible organization, will not leave any stone unturned and we can never abandon any of the victims ,we are coming back to see the families becuase these things follow process and we have informed the appropriate department to take immediate action on the matter.”