In our Saturday May 5, 2007 publication, Ika Weekly carried a little story on a girl, Miss Orie Eborka, a native of Abavo, Ika South Local Government, who was involved in a fire accident when she was barely 4 months old.
The unfortunate incident led to the amputation of her right hand. The story also stated that Orie was undergoing a degree programme in Economics at the University of Lagos.
Miss Orie Eborka who was said to have just celebrated her 24th birthday was as at the time of the report staying with an Urhobo family in Lagos.
The following week there was a comprehensive detailed covered story of Miss Orie Eborkaâ€™s Predicament. Ika Weekly reported that it was Dr. T.O Ndinwa, Medical Director, Ika Clinic that almost took charge of both the medical treatment and the general upkeep of the little girl before she was transferred to the Orthopeadic Hospital, Lagos where a medical team led by one Dr. Segun Aronmolate carried out a four hour major operation on her.
Thereafter, Dr. and Mrs. Segun Aronmolate practically took over the treatment, school fees, accommodation and general upkeep of little Orie Eborka.
Later, when Dr. Aronmolate left Lagos, Miss Orie Eborka was taken in by the Catholic Bishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okojie.
In the said report, Ika Weekly called on public-spirited individuals, especially Ika indigenes to come to the aid of Miss Eborka, who was said to be having difficulty securing accommodation and paying her school fees.
Fortunately, a kind-hearted son of Ika nation, Hon. Barr. Martins Okonta, member, representing Ika South Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Asaba was said to have responded to the plea and donated the sum of N250,000 to the fire accident victim, and it was carried by Ika Weekly.
However, there is a new twist to the development as Dr. T.O. Ndinwa, Medical Director, Ika Clinic, Agbor through a letter he sent to Ika Weekly office and subsequent discussions with him Dr. Ndinwa is claiming that no Ika indigene, particularly the people of Abavo, where Orie hails from, has contributed to the well-being of the young lady since the unfortunate incident.
Ika Weekly is therefore calling on the people of Ika nation who have always been known to respond to such calls, especially the people of Abavo to respond positively to Orieâ€™s plight.
Donation in cash or kind should be directed to the Central Books Ltd, Publisher, Ika Weekly, 108, Old Lagos/Asaba Road, P.O. Box 1379, Agbor, Delta State. Every donation received shall be published and the gift directed to Miss Orie Eborka. The Almighty God will continue to help as you show concern for the plight of Miss Orie Eborka.