By; AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has commenced an appeal for financial and material support for the members of the family of Eddie Bekom, its Vice-President (South-South), who were involved in a gas explosion.
A statement signed by its Secretary-General, Olawale Alabi explained that the incident had occurred at the Bekom family home in an estate in Ikom, Cross River State on July 1 and there is now an urgent need of about N10 million for treatment and rehabilitation.
The explosion severely burnt Eddie, his wife and his four children, and they were first treated at a hospital in Ikom before further treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki where they are still receiving treatment for second degree burns.
Unfortunately, one of the Bekom children has now died as a result of the severe burns, and probably due to the problem of finance, going by the fact that about N10 million is now needed for not only the operation but rehabilitation for them all.
SWAN has already swung into action in trying to mobilise financial support, and we thereby urge all our friends, as we believe their support will help in a considerably long way to raise the sum of N10 million.
“Please, all contributions and financial support in this regard should go into the Association’s bank account, with the following details:
Bank —- Zenith Bank, Area 7 Garki Branch, Abuja Account Name —- Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Acount Number —- 1010503853”