Ejiro Otarigho: CASER applauds Senate for inspiring heroism

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LAGOS HERALD – The Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER) has expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Senate for recognising and commending the heroic act of truck driver, Ejiro Otarigho, during its plenary session on Tuesday 14th June 2022.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by Gbenga Onayiga and Frank Tietie, Chairman and Executive Director respectively of the civil society organisation.

Otarigho, driver of a petrol tanker, prevented the death of over 10,000 lives and saved property worth billions of Naira, in Agbarho, near Warri, Delta State, as he drove the fully loaded truck that caught fire in a densely populated area and removed it to the riverside to avoid disaster.

CASER says the down-to-earth character of the Nigerian Senate in recognising 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 Nigerian Senate as a classical example of a parliament that is in touch with its constituents.

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It also expressed further gratitude to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate, who moved the motion that Mr. Otarigho should not just be recognised and honoured by the Nigerian Senate but that he be recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari for a national award.

“The Deputy Senate President, in whose senatorial district the tragedy was averted, was spared much sorrow along with his colleagues- senators, Distinguished Senators James Manager and Peter Nwaoboshi from Delta State and indeed all other Nigerians who are grateful to God that the worst did not happen.”

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The organisation added that what the Nigerian Senate has done in recognising and commending this act of heroism would go down in history as a major turning point in the recognition of individual heroic acts which would subsequently inspire young people across Nigeria and Africa to carry out acts of patriotism and selflessness whenever they have such opportunities.

“On our own part at CASER, we immediately opened a 30-day Bravery Fund to reward Mr. Otarigho whose four children and pregnant wife depended on the burnt tanker for livelihood, and in the last four days, we have raised nearly N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) for him.

This we have done to add value beyond mere words to the recent countless expressions of appreciation to Mr. Otarigho.”

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