- Former Lagos state governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, has been conferred with humanitarian excellence award
- The award was given by a Lagos-based group - AYDAN
- President of women arise for change initiative, Joe Okei-Odumakin, also bagged the excellence award
The first executive governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, and the president women arise for change initiative, Joe Okei Odumakin, have received humanitarian excellence award.
Legit.ng reports that the award was given by the Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN) in recognition of their selfless humanitarian services to the nation.
In a statement signed by its president, Comrade Ogungbade Olawale Lateef, the group said it decided to celebrate Nigerians and corporate organisations that have contributed to the development of mankind and community.
According to him, the theme of this year event was to celebrate seven years of humanitarian excellence, adding that the group's area of focus included youth empowerment, community development and advocacy for good governance.
He said other recipients of the award included that two Lagos monarchs - the Onikogbo of ikogbo Kingdom, HRM Oba Nurudeen Oluwadamilare Osoja, and the Onisheri of Isheri Olofin, HRM Oba Wahab Ayinde Balogun.
Ogungbade also noted that the chairman of premier lotto, Adebutu Kesington, was recognised for his philanthropic efforts towards the uplift of the less-privileged in the society while Okei-Odumakin was recognised for her resilience for fighting for the freedom of common man.
He added that others included a business tycoon, Taiwo Afolabi, and a cleric, Sheik Jamiu Amiolohun, who was recognised for his humanitarian services to the society.
The keynote speakers at the well attended event were the vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Olabrewaju Fagbohun, who spoke on the topic, serving God through humanity, Okei Odumakin, who delivered speech on, the best form of service is service to humanity, while Sheik Amiolohun spoke on humanity before religion.
Okei Odumaki described humanitarianism as the promotion of human welfare and a contribution made in the spirit of improving human welfare.
She said humanitarian aid/support is provided based on need, with the goal of saving human lives, relieving human suffering and maintaining human dignity during and after crisis.
According to her, humanitarianism becomes important because of the active believe in the value of human life whereby human practises benevolent treatment, provides assistance to better humanity for moral, altruistic and logical reasons
In his speech, the chairman of the group, Ogungbade, stressed that humanitarian service brings relief in time of need, saying that last year some states in Nigeria were faced with flood disasters, many lost their properties which ran into millions.
The comrade added that it was the humanitarian services from both national and international bodies that brought the needed relief to the affected people.
He said: "It affects those that need the help the most. Humanitarian service or programme help to identify those children that need the uniform, the school bags and textbooks the most, providing the service to them will surely define what humanitarian act is all about, anything short of that will negate the course of humanitarianism.
"It helps to identify uncommon destinations where the needy resides, humanitarians are always looking for the needy, so they go the extra length to identify areas where relieve materials are needed. Any political leader who wants to touch the lives of the poor masses that live in cave should consult the humanitarians; they will list out genuine areas where the needy resides."
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