By Dayo Adesulu
The search for three heroes among Nigerian children has begun, the Group Managing Director, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr Deepak Singhal disclosed this last Thursday during a press briefing held in Lagos. He said: ‘’The search for the Indomie Independence Day Award, IIDA 2015 heroes in which three children who have braved the odds and displayed exceptional courage in the face of hazard would be selected, recognised, rewarded and celebrated for their acts of heroism.’’
Singhal explained that the prospective children would have demonstrated remarkable acts of great courage despite the unfavourable conditions they found themselves. Recalling antecedent of the award, the managing director noted that a total of twenty-one children have received the awards as heroes of Nigeria since 2006.
According to him, the purpose of the award is to reconise children whose best efforts are often overlooked in the society. On daily basis, he pointed out that, Nigerian children perform thousands of heroic acts that save the lives and property of others at great personal risk to themselves. But the reality is that such acts of bravery often go unsung because the players involved are minors.
Singhal maintained that Indomie believes that such children need to be identified and celebrated publicly in other to encourage and inspire more selfless acts in them. Highlighting some of the objectives of the award, the Managing Director said the Indomie Heroes Award is a national event which attracts participation from all the geo-political zones across the country, especially the key cities. It is also tied to the Nigerian Independence Day celebration.
To qualify for the heroic award, the person must fall within the age bracket of 15 and below.