June 23, 2024

A’Ibom govt compensates family of deceased Nollywood artiste, Frederick

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A'Ibom govt compensates family of deceased Nollywood artiste, Frederick

Ini Billie, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Government has compensated the family of make-up artiste, Abigail Edith Frederick, one of the crew members who died in River Niger while returning from a movie location.

Frederick, alongside popular actor, Pope Odonwodo, popularly known as Junior Pope, and three other crew members died when their boat capsized on their return from the location set of a movie titled “The Other Side of Life,” produced by Nollywood actress, Adanma Luke.

Governor Umo Eno who offered automatic employment to the elder sister of the deceased, directed the renovation of their family house and promised to assist with the education of the undergraduate siblings said to be sponsored by the late Nollywood make-up artist.

Speaking during a condolence visit to the deceased family at their country home in Ikot Udoma, Eket Local Government Area during the weekend, Eno described the death of the Theatre Arts graduate who finished her Youth Service last year as unfortunate.

He offered automatic employment in the State Civil Service to the surviving elder sister of the deceased, and directed the SSA on Humanitarian Services, Umo Ekpo, to renovate the family house to a modern standard.

“This is deeply unfortunate, a young girl, 24 years old, who, finished her Youth Service just last year, and decided to pursue her passion.

“This is a reflection of our Arise spirit. It shows that our young people are willing to go out there, not begging, not waiting for handouts, but to pursue their passions. Unfortunately, her life ended the way it did.

“Once I was fully briefed, I decided to come here personally with the full complement of Government to console and encourage the family.

“You are not just the Governor when people are celebrating. In times and moments like this, you become the Mourner-in-Chief and give them hope.

“Coming here means we care. You know Akwa Ibomites are like Americans. We don’t leave each other behind. The government will be with your family and support them,” he stated.

According to Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh, the governor had earlier directed that the body of the deceased be retrieved and brought home for burial.

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