The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER), has commended the Senate for recognising the heroic act of Ejiro Otarigho, saying it will inspire young people across Nigeria and Africa to carry out acts of patriotism and selflessness whenever they have such opportunities.
Otarigho is the tanker driver who over the weekend drove a fully loaded petrol tanker that caught fire in Agbarho a densely populated area near Warri, Delta State, removing it to the riverside to avoid disaster.
In a statement by its Chairman, Otunba Gbenga Onayiga and Executive Director, Frank Tietie, CASER says recognizing such a patriotic yet risky act of selflessness by an ordinary Nigerian in the faraway town of Agbarho, near Warri in Delta State, highly distinguishes the Senate as a classical example of a parliament that is in touch with its constituents.
It also salutes Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who moved the motion that Ejiro Otarigho should not just be recognised and honoured by the Senate but that he be recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari for a national award.
According to the statement, The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights immediately opened a 30-day Bravery Fund to reward Otarigho whose four children and pregnant wife depended on the burnt tanker for livelihood.
It says within the last four days, it had raised about One Million Naira to add value beyond mere words to the recent countless expressions of appreciation to Ejiro Otarigho.