As a means of fostering positive change in the socio economic strata, no less than seven young Deltans have received awards for their positive contribution to the community.The award was tagged the Unsung Heroes Awards, an Initiative of the Delta Economic Summit Group (DESG). In the words of the Group’s Director General, Mr. Ekenem Isichei, “The Unsung Heroes Award is an Initiative organized to recognize and encourage individuals that are contributing significantly to their local communities. “In DESG, we believe that recognizing everyday people is a critical ingredient for fostering noble behavior among indigenes”, he said.
The fourth edition of the award presentation which held at Sweet Spirit Hotel, Asaba is part of the group’s vision of contributing to significant and sustainable economic development in the state. The awardees where in seven differently categories. Recipients include Eloho Avwaruroro under the Community Development Category, Vivian Ben under Healthcare, Confidence Maye in the Women Economic Empowerment category, Cynthia Orife – Innovation, Julius Otutuama – Young Achievers, Segun Manuel – Public Service and Ebenezer Ohamua – Education.
The event was graced by top government functionaries and high profile individuals, indicative of the group’s public/private partnership initiative. The Chief Economic Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Dr. Kingsley Emu pledged that the state government would continue to partner with the group and other private sector members to achieve sustainable development.
As part of DESG’s commitment to involve more private sector players to support development in Delta state and also to engage more Deltans in diaspora for the same course, the group secured Sponsorship from Lekoil and Dr Juliet Ezepue (Née Iwelunmor), an associate Professor in Global Health at St Louis University, Missouri, USA.
Speaking at the different times, the awardees expressed their gratitude for being recognized, affirming that the award was a stirring to do more.