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Blessing Blackson, Wife Of Man Who Died Saving 6 In Boat Mishap Cries Out

Wife Of Hero Who Died Saving 6 In Boat Mishap
Cries: ‘rivers Gov’t Hasn’t Kept Promises
Mrs. Blessing Blackson is the wife of late Joe
Blackson, who saved 13 passengers, but lost his
life during a boat accident that claimed the lives
of six persons, in July last year. One year after
his death, the family of the unsung hero still
misses their bread winner dearly.
Daily Trust: How has it been since the death of
your husband?
Mrs. Blessing Blackson: Life has not been the
same since I lost my husband. It has not been
easy, especially because he was the father of the
family and our breadwinner. His death has
created a big vacuum in the family. All the same,
we thank God for keeping us alive and for
sustaining us.
DT: A few days after his death, the Rivers State
governor promised automatic employment for you
and also to take care of the children’s education.
Have these promises been fulfilled?
Blackson: No. Nothing has been done. The
promises haves not been fulfilled. DT: Why?
Blackson: I don’t know. But I know that the
governor is a good man and noted for keeping his
promises. He is a very busy man and may have
forgotten but I know that God will touch his heart
to fulfill the promises made to this family.
DT: Have you made inquiries on why the promise
is yet to be fulfilled?
Blackson: I have tried on my own to reach out to
the government on this matter but nothing has
happened yet. I have written letters which were
addressed to the Chairman of Degema Local
Government Council. I was also advised to meet
the Head of Service. I tried severally but nothing
has come my way. However, I was able to meet
the Deputy Governor who advised me to write
another letter to the governor on the promise. I
have written the letter and the Deputy Governor
promised to follow it up.
DT: I learnt that you set up a foundation in
honour of your late husband
Blackson: Yes, I set up a foundation, as well as a
swimming academy, which was launched on the
29th of last month to commemorate the one year
anniversary of my husband’s death. The
foundation is to teach both children and adults
the rudiments of swimming in order to prevent
what happened to my husband happening to
others. I have started a process for the project
but I need fund to implement it. I am working
towards building an Olympic size swimming pool
for the academy. I want to appeal to the state to
come to our aid by fulfilling all the promises
made to the family. My daughter will start school
in September and I need fund to enroll her in
school and also sustain my family.

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