Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, has commended the General Overseer of Household of God Church, Rev Chris Okotoie, over his efforts towards ensuring the release of the Chibok girls.
He made the commendation during the just concluded 2014 G.R.A.C.E. award where he also commended members of the Household of God International Ministries for the brilliant concept of the programme.
Also, former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Joe Irukwu, said tthe programme was commendable and should be emulated because it was a departure from the current despondent mood of the nation. He urged Rev. Okotie to keep up the work.
The church’s annual national G.R.A.C.E event gives back to the society, and the Karis Award honours a Nigerian (living or dead) whose distinguished service to the nation has been un-heralded. This is the 24th anniversary of the G.R.A.C.E event and the 18th anniversary of the Karis Award.
Speaking, Okotie said this year’s programme was celebrated to remind the country of the plight of the Chibok girls who had been in captivity for over 200 days.
This year’s Karis Award went to the late Mrs. Beatrice Ibeneme (nee Okebugwu); the first female police woman with enlistment No. 001, who rose from the rank of cadet to Police Inspector. Mrs. Ibeneme passed on in 2007. Being a post-humous award, it was received by her brother, Mr. Okebugwu.
Four charity homes, namely The Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, The Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN), The Strong Tower Mission and The Sunshine Foundation, were also recipients of cash awards. They were given cash donations of N1 million each.
In attendance at the event were last year’s awardee, the first one-star general in the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Habiba Ruth Garba (retd), the families of previous awardees like Hajia Sawaba Gambo, Mr. Taiwo Akinkunmi, Mallam Aminu Kano and Prof. Ishaya Audu.