BY DAYO ADESULU
Indomie has awarded scholarships to the tune of two milliion,two hundred and twenty fivethousand naira (N2.25m) to three (3) new heroes for their bravery and exemplary acts of heroism to emerged winners at this year’s edition of the award programme.
The three winners, Njoku Chigbo, 14, Ajila Wehbe, 10, and 15 years old Sule Mallam Hamza were unveiled and presented with crystal plaques and scholarship of N1 Million, N750,000.00 and N500,000.00 respectively at the Awards ceremony recently in Lagos.
The 14 years old Njoku Chigbo from Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, South East Nigeria won the coveted first prize of One Million Naira for outstanding bravery and heroic act. He was said to have rescued a drowning woman and repeatedly dove into the Ebonyi River to rescue her properties.
The second prize winner, Ajila Wehbe from Lagos was rewarded with the sum of N750,000.00 for safely delivering her 16 years old pregnant sister without adult supervision or previous medical experience while Sule Mallam Hamza from Nassarawa won the third Prize of N500,000.00 for saving the life of a little boy from drowning in a river.
While delivering his welcome address at the event, the Managing Director, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Deepak Singhal revealed that the Indomie Independence Day Award for Heroes of Nigeria is the flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the company is a reflection of the importance and belief of the company in the extraordinary qualities of the Nigerian child which must never be ignored but must be celebrated.
“Through the years, Dufil Prima Foods Plc has enlarged its concentration areas on CSR, in an effort to continuously impact positively on the lives of our consumers most importantly the children.
The joy we feel in giving back to the society as a responsible corporate citizen brings our founding principles to life”. He said.
While congratulating the winners of the 4th edition of the Award for their courage to live a life of a hero through selflessness and bravery, Mr. Deepak Singhal then urged other Nigerian children to emulate them by aspiring to be heroes by exhibiting even greater acts of heroism.
Delivering his keynote address titled ‘The Plight of Nigerian Child,51 years Post Independence’ Special Guest Speaker at the event, Otunba Olufemi Deru, President ,Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry(LCCI) lamented the poor plight of the Nigerian child and the numerous challenges confronting and militating against them from competing favourably with other children of the world.
He then used the occasion to call on the government at all levels as well as responsible corporate citizens to do everything humanly possible to change the condition of the Nigerian child and create the much needed enabling environment to enable them compete favourably with their counterpart anywhere in the world.
In her Goodwill addressed delivered on her behalf by Hajia Hauwa J Keri, the wife of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Hajia Aminah Namadi Sambo noted that the Indomie Heroes Award is very symbolic especially with the fact that it is tied to the nation’s Independence.