By Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
An Abuja-based Civil Society Group, Society for Advancement of Credible Leadership (SOACREL) has honoured the National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Reverend Samuel Ikpea with a leadership award for his service to humanity.
Director General of the Non-Governmental and Social Advocacy Organisation, Ambassador Jonny Benjamin, who presented him with the award certificate in Lagos at the weekend, described him as an astute administrator, team leader and honourable gentleman whose leadership style has enabled him distinguish himself in the service of his fatherland.
“Our organisation which is affiliated to the United Nations Volunteers, European Union, African Union, Independent Electoral Commission and the National Democratic Institute is saddled with the responsibility of propagating credibility in leadership and good governance with elements of social democracy at all levels in line with the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability.
“In carrying out our job, we mandated a group of journalists to select a person who must not be a politician for the leadership award and after a painstaking investigation, they chose Rev Ikpea who have through the Supporters Club created a good image for the country before the international community.” stated the DG.
Ambassador Ben who said that his organisation has monitored 11 elections in the country since it was registered in 2016 explained that Rev. Ikpea is the 11th Nigerian to receive the award.
In his response, Rev. Ikpea thanked members of the organisation for finding him worthy for the award, saying that it will spur him to do more for the country and the less privileged members of the society.
“I’m very happy that the silent work am doing is being recognised by people. What this award means is that in any position you find yourself, you must be humble and dedicated because you don’t know who is watching you and this recognition will spur me to put in more efforts in the service of humanity and I promise to continue to do my best for my fatherland.
Deputy President General of the Club, Alhaji Aderele Yusuf while congratulating Ikpea on the award said the entire members of the club are happy with him and urged him to keep the flag flying.