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An honour well deserved

Published by The Nation on Fri, 19 Dec 2014

Last Sunday, the Eko Renaissance Group, held a meritious service/award to wrap up the year. Ten illustrious sons and daughters were honoured, reports NNEKA NWANERI.Eko Renaissance Group, an indigenous group, comprising of career young men from Lagos State indigene, was formed to protect the interest of its members in Nigeria and abroad. As depicted from the nameEkomeans only men and women of Lagos origin are qualified to be members.For 15 years, the association has waxed strong with membership strength of over 50. Last Sunday at the Campus Mini Stadium on Lagos Island, they stepped out for yet another occasion. It was a day to reward excellence in service delivery to humanity as well as hold a sort of end of the year party.Decked in well starched white sokoto and shirt and blue aso oke caps, they gathered to celebrate their partners and those who have done outstandingly well. according to the President of the Eko Renaissance Group, the spectrum of those awarded are people that have distinguished themselves in their career, and have been of tremendous service to those around them.Though it wasnt a large gathering, it comprised people of substance and calibre. well organised and precise, they went straight for the business of the day after an opening prayer led by the Chairman of the Lagos Muslims Pilgrims Board and lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), Dr Kabiru Paramole. He led others in reciting the Suratul Fathia from the Quran.Dr Paramole wore a double cap; the guest speaker cum representative of Lagos Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Hon Oyinlomo Danmole, the Chairman on the occasion. He urged all to live lives of legacy to find favour before God and men.He said: Let us all impact positively in our neighbours lives and be supportive to all humans, because whatever we do today will be history tomorrow. God watches all we do.The groups president, Mr Babatunde Onigbanjo, in a welcome address said, there is more to the gathering than honouring people. The group seeks to promote the interest of its members in the public and private sectors across the tiers of government.We are here to curtail marginalisation in organisations and to this, a lot of people have benefitted from us. Many people have benefitted from these 10 and it is for this that we are rewarding them, the award will also encourage them not to relent but keep doing more for humanity and be a clarion call for or members and guests to rise to the challenge.The Distinguished Administrator of the year award was bagged by Mr Razaq Amodu, who served as the council manager in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Government and now is Council Manager for Somolu Local Government.A post-humous award was given to the late Comrade Joseph Ajasa, who was described as a dogged fighter, who contributed tremendously. Onigbanjo, who spoke on behalf of other members of the club, said not giving him the award will be a great injustice considering the effort and zeal he put in the past.His effort cannot be in vain because he is an aluta man to the core and really deserves this award, he said.While presenting the award to the widow of the late Ajasa, Anthonia, one of the new men of bench in the Lagos State High Court, Justice Abisoye Jubril Bashua, said the event was his first official duty as a Lagos State Judge.Others were: Mrs Florence Omotunde-Peters, who is the Oriade LocaL Government Council Manager won the Distinguished Special Administration award; the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Teachers Establishment and Pensions Commission, Otunba Nurudeen Ojora-Adejiyan bagged an award in recognition of his leadership role in Lagos State as well as another retiree of the Lagos Civil Service, Mrs Basirat Akinsanya.Amodu, who spoke on behalf of the awardees, thanked the organisers for a job well done.Secretary to the Lagos Muslim Welfare Pilgrims Board, Mr Kamal Sanusi, in a goodwill message accorded the group for impacting positively to the affairs of the government and all should see the essence of the group as a challenge to help the government be better.The musical interlude lasted into the night as members engaged their guests in wining and dining.The post An honour well deserved appeared first on The Nation.]]>
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