A prison inmate in Calabar is now N1 million naira richer after giving birth to twin babies at the General Hospital in the Cross River State capital.
The gesture as well as other gift items which have been handed over to the management of the hospital is coming from the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade.
The delivery was on Thursday April 18, and the governor was represented at the presentation by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong.
Asibong said the gesture was a special Easter gift to the mother of the twins; a boy and girl.
Ayade noted that in the spirit of the Easter season, `the beautiful babies deserve love and care’.
He added that the gesture was also in line with his welfare policy and love for children.
Consequently, the twins were named after him and his wife, Ben and Linda Ayade.
“Right now, the mother of the twins is not with us because we had to refer her to a higher facility for further medical attention. But she had a successful Caesarean Section.
“We have these two beautiful babies here with us. We will be following them up regularly and today we are here to present a special gift for their upkeep.
“We are donating a cash amount of N1 million and these items to the hospital to help in the management of these children until the mother is well, safe and sound.
“Further, we are going to have discussions with the prison authority to know the next step in what to do.
“But as we speak, the state government is handling the care of the children because we care and we are in the season of Easter.
“The governor has executive powers, we are going to work with our social welfare unit to try and see the extent of the crime and know if the mother can be pardoned because of these two beautiful children,’’ he said.