EditThe Rivers State government has opened an education endowment fund for the children of late Joseph Blankson. Mr Joseph Blankson drowned recently after saving the lives of 13 persons who faced death following a boat mishap in Bakana in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He drowned while attempting to save the 14th person.
The State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, announced endowment fund while receiving the family of the late hero at Government House yesterday afternoon.
Governor Wike who condoled with the bereaved family also gave immediate employment to the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Mercy Blankson, a graduate of microbiology and advised her to put the money in a scheme that will best benefit the children and guarantee their future.
The governor further directed the Executive Chairman of Degema Local Government Council, Hon. Tony Philmoore, PhD, to collect Mercy Blankson’s credentials to perfect the employment offered to her by the government.
Governor Wike also donated to the burial of late Joseph Blankson.
Speaking for the Blackson’s family, elder brother of Joseph Blankson, Ikronibo Anthony Blankson, thanked the governor for the largesse and prayed for God’s blessings in his life.
Ikronibo Blankson also thanked the Executive Chairman of Degema Local Government Council, Hon. Tony Philmoore, PhD, for facilitating their meeting with the governor.