The Akwa government has declared its willingness to collaborate with the leadership and membership of Lion Club Multiple District 404, Nigeria, to improve on the standard of living of the general public in the state.
The state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel made declaration in Uyo when the leadership of the Club led by its chairperson, Alhaji Abiodun Adediji paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo, Wednesday.
Emmanuel, represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, noted with delight the contributions of the serviced organization in the country especially in the areas of sight first and other essential humanitarian services.
The state chief executive officer who lauded the leadership of the serviced organization for choosing Akwa Ibom for their seventh conference, described their request for land donation by the government for the construction of cancer screening and treatment centre in state as a serious matter which government would not take lightly.
Emmanuel noted that being an issue that has to do with service to humanity, a formal request letter should be written and forwarded to the state government for possible consideration.
He pledged the resolve of his administration to partner the serviced organization to improve on the socio- economic development of the state for the benefit of the people.
He was decorated with the lapel pin of Lion Akintola William who brought Lion Club International to Nigeria in 1964 and was clocking 100 years of age .
The council chairperson of the Club, Adediji, said tremendous progress has been made in Nigeria by his organization in the past years as evidenced in the formation of four multiple districts out of one district with several thousand membership strength.
Adediji said his organization has established a diabetic centre for the treatment of diabetic patients in Calabar , opened eye centre in Uyo, set up accident clinic centre at Shagamu in Ogun, diabetic centre at Ede, Osun state amongst other humanitarian services in the country.
He disclosed plans by his organization to construct an eye centre in Abuja that would serve as the best in Africa and solicited for assistance from the state government for the realization of their health project.
The District Governor 404 A-2 for Akwa Ibom, Lion Nsikan Bassey, declared the intention of his organization to build a cancer screening and treatment centre in the state and enlisted the cooperation of the state government in the provision of land for the project execution.
Bassey explained that the project, when completed, for the commencement of medical services would go a long way to improve on the health needs of the government and the general public.
A motorized borehole estimated at N3.8 m, the District governor said, was being drilled for the benefit of students and staff of a Theological Collage in Itu Local Government Area by the leadership and membership of the Lion Club district 404 A-2, noting that the gesture was away of rendering humanitarian services to the people.
Bassey acknowledged with appreciation the remarkable achievements so far recorded in the state by the administration of Emmanuel, explaining that the leadership of the serviced organization in the four districts of Nigeria were in the state for their seventh conference.