The Delta State Government has honoured Mr. Ejiro Otarigho, a tanker driver, for exhibiting a rare display of heroism, Daily Post reports.
Otarigho, a tanker driver, was reported to have driven a burning tanker away to a safe location, where it later exploded into an inferno with less damage to lives and properties.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Patrick Ukah, presented a cheque to Mr. Otarigho in Asaba in the office of the SSG.
Governor Okowa commended him for the rare display of patriotism, humanity, bravery and heroism and noted that the incident would have resulted in the death of many persons and the destruction of properties at Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area where the fire started.
He expressed happiness with the tanker driver for his action and stated that Mr Otarigho had become the new face of Delta and Youth Ambassador for his display of heroism adding that the state government would continue to celebrate him.
He explained that what he did could not be translated to money but he should understand that people appreciated him for the action, and urged him not to stop at this but to continue to do his best for humanity.
Mr. Otarigho said he appreciates the state government for the gesture and noted that driving the burning tanker filled with premium motor spirit away from a busy spot was the best he could do at that moment to save lives and property.
He said being appreciated by people coupled with other accolades for his action showed that doing good for the public would not be in vain and thanked all for appreciating him.
The wife of the awardee, also thanked God for everything, saying that she was shocked at the initial stage when she heard the news but appreciated her husband for his patriotism and heroism.