Smiles were put on the faces of selected Nigerians who were presented with the Heroes Award recently in Abuja.
The award, whose essence was to encourage the awardees for their efforts and selfless service rendered to society, was organised by the Covenant Ministerial Chaplaincy.
The awardees include the following, among others: Speaking at the event the convener Rev. Bob Alonge, said there is a high level of corruption in the society which made us to realise the need to go out there and make a difference.
This task is not for a particular people alone but all and Sunday including journalist who through objective reports can touch lives and the community at large. Rev. Alonge faulted how the media had disseminated negative information either through the electronic or print medium recently which in most cases, had attracted illicit responses from the public, adding that such information led to crisis in the country.
Mr Gbenga oladimeji, an officer with the Directorate of Road Traffics services popularly called VIO in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Oladimeji has distinguished himself in his assigned duties of traffic control which has endeared him to numerous road users in the nation’s capital.
His zest and patriotic dedication to work has made him popular among the people of the FCT, especially in the areas where he has served as a traffic warden within the last 12 years he has been with the Directorate of Road Traffic Services.
Though Mr Oladimeji has not been officially promoted since he joined the Directirate 12 years ago, he would not take bribe or financial tips from people. His selfless service caught the attention of the CMC who presented him with the Heroes award.
Another awardee was Chimezirim Charles Young, Charles is a young energetic youth who was driven by the passion to bring development wherever it is needed. Thus, when he was posted to Rivers State as a youth corps meunder in the year, 2008, he used the platform to give hope and aspiration to over 500 people in the community and 17 local governments. This he did through his developmental/skill acquisition project that saw the establishment of a cake factory, enabling over 350 youths to start a small- scale business thereby getting off the streets.
He did not stop there; he who also taught in a government secondary school and published a book which teaches entrepreneurial skills which he gave freely to 1, 000 youths in the community.
He also taught a community in Eleme blessed with abundant plantain how to produce and package plantain chips.
This patriotic Nigerian was one of the unsung heroes celebrated by the CMC.
Miss Cosy Evelyn Otekpen, was born of a polygamous family of ten children. Though a dwarf by nature (she stands at one metre in height), her disability or cultural stigma did not deter her from making an impact in society where she found herself.
Armed with nothing but sheer faith in God and a big heart, Miss Cosy reaches out to the handicapped, motivating and encouraging them to aspire for a better life. She also provides support for those who choose to start their own small-scale business.
Though working alone, she tirelessly raises fund for her projects and benevolent gifts. Her projects have attracted widespread recognition and applause from the minister of FCT, Alh Bala Mohammed and the Director General of the N. Y. S. C.
Indeed, Cosy’s life is a veritable proof of the triumph of a mind that has removed the shackles of societal bigotry and has successfully turned setbacks to setups to display God’s glory. Her dream is that every handicapped person should will get to know that they can be something in life and self-dependent despite what the society thinks of them.