The Local Government Educational Authority has given a merit award to1984 Nations Cup silver-medal winner Paul Okoku for his contributions towards the improvement of the lives of children in Mainland Local Government.
Speaking during the presentation of the award, the Executive Secretary of the LGEA, Lawrence Adetona said Okoku was recognised for his selfless service to the cause of pupils of St. Paul Catholic Primary School, Ebute Metta.
Adetona observed that he was moved by the decision of Okoku to spearhead the donation of laptops and generating set to his school, adding that such a gesture has greatly improved the quality of learning at the school.
He also informed that Okoku also fed pupils of the school to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day and World Hunger Day on May 28.
“Okoku has shown beyond all reasonable doubts that he means well for our children in this local government and we on our part feel that we should appreciate his contributions by way of bestowing this humble award on this humble man”, said Adetona, who urged Okoku not to relent in his act of giving to the society.
“He should stand firm and continue setting the pace amongst his former ex-internationals, most of whom came out of other primary schools but have sadly forgotten to give back to the society that made them. We want people to emulate Okoku so that our children will have a better future”, said Adetona.