Following contributions made since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Nigeria, immediate past coordinator of the Federal Inland Revenue Service for Edo, Delta and Rivers States, Mr. Joel Onowakpo, has received an ambassadorial award from the Society Committee Against Covid-19 (SOCOCOVID).
Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, expressed gratitude to the organization for the initiative.
She further appealed to the awardees to continue to support government and vulnerable Nigerians in this critical time, just as she charged the public to always adhere to the COVID-19 preventive measures.
Meanwhile, Onowakpo, a former chairman at the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, participated in the ceremony virtually, but was represented by his personal assistant, Mr Edafewotu Endurance, who signed the National Covid-19 Support Register on his behalf.
He thanked the NGO for the rare privilege of being honoured as a SOCOCOVID ambassador.
National Coordinator of SOCOCOVID, Dr. Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, during his opening remarks said the group recognises the roles, kind contributions and substantial supports that notable Nigerians have played in assisting the efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“The combined efforts of both Non-Governmental Organisations and the private sectors during this period of Coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelming.
“Our organisation is not ignorant of the substantial contributions and programmes organized to educate and sensitize Nigerians on the various dangers COVID-19 pose to our existence which has formed a major rallying point of eradicating the disease from Nigeria.”
“SOCOCOVID is a non-governmental organisation that is putting resources together in the critical response to flatten the curve of the spread of the deadly pandemic called COVID-19.”
“SOCOCOVID is among the first non-governmental groups to pay fines for release of five inmates from Suleja Correctional Detention Centre, in line with the decongestion order of President Buhari and re-unite them with their families.”
Dr. Ibe-Kalu added that in signing the National COVID-19 Support Register and being decorated as SOCOCOVID Ambassador, the awardees are sending the message of the vital roles they played and are still playing to get rid of COVID-19 pandemic from our society completely.
Other recipients of the SOCOCOVID Ambassadorial Award are the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture and President, World Crafts Council, African Region, Otunba Segun Runsewe and Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan.
Uduaghan was represented by Chief (Mrs) Edhekpo Uyoyou.
The Register when launched will be displayed at the National Assembly, State Assemblies, Tertiary Institutions, National Archives, Foreign Embassies and High Commissions in Nigeria, as well as Nigeria Foreign Missions in diaspora.