By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
A veteran journalist, Chief Sam Arikpo aged 70, has sent an SOS to well meaning Nigerians to enable him undergo a medical operation.
He was diagnosed of having bilateral Osteoarthritis of the hips with associated Subluxation of the right hip.
He is almost on a wheel chair with severe pains caused by waist deformity.
Sam Arikpo, a staunch member of the International Association of Lions Club and former president of of the Calabar Municipal Lions Club is at present unable to walk without support and has been advised by medical experts to do a total hip replacement to avert complete crippling for life.
He is a chapter president of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International.
Arikpo is in dire need of N8 million to enable him foot the surgery bill. His two service clubs are trying, but unfortunately, some millions are still needed to enable him shoulder the surgery bill.
This is why he is appealing for free will donation to enable him meet up with the medical expenses so that he would not go crippled.
Arikpo, a veteran journalist, who began his career with the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation and Television was a one time PRO of South Eastern State NUJ before he retired into politics.
He eventually became the media Adviser to senator Victor Ndoma-Egba SAN, the former Senate Leader of the seventh Senate of Nigeria. Through out his tenure in the Senate.
Those willing to assist Lion Sam Arikpo, to foot the medical bill, should please pay such money to Chief Sam Arikpo Access Bank Account Number 0007242532. Tel. 08037087043.
The problem came some years ago as a result of two accidents which I had while playing squah.
Its been tough,even to wake up from bed and ease myself is difficult.
As an active person who love to serve humanity both in Lions club international and serving God in Full Gospel Business Fellowship, can no longer do that again because of my situation. I have been held up at home,just cannot move. This has caused my health to deteriorate. I can’t reach out to people. Staying indoors has really affected my financial situation making me to beg from friends to eat. Its been terrible for me. Its the reason i am appealing to friends, well wishers and good minded people to come to my aide.
When asked if he has received any financial assistance from any one to seek for medical attention, Arikpo said, “No. I have not been able to deposit money for the implant.
“Doctors attending to me told me to act fast so as not to put my entire health in jeopardy.
I have no money with me now to make available to the hospital for the implant nor to take care of my self any longer as a result of the health challenge, except if not for friends who just come to me to say use this to buy food.
“I am looking up to God with the hope that my club and kind hearted friends would rise up to the occasion to assist.
Maybe because I have not been able to reach out to them all this while”.