Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Washington – The U.S.
President, Barack Obama
has awarded a Nigerian
Journalist, Mr. Edwin
Nwachukwu the
President’s Volunteer Service Award. The Volunteer Service
Award is a recognition by
the UN President of
individuals that have
helped to address the
needs of persons with disabilities. Delivering the award,
President Obama
commended the Nigerian
Journalist “for helping to
address the most pressing
needs in the country”. By this gesture, President
Obama said that
Nwachukwu had
demonstrated that
assisting people with
disabilities “are duties that we do not grudgingly
accept, but rather seize
gladly, firm in knowledge
that there is nothing so
satisfying to the spirit
than giving our all to a difficult task. ” Showering more encomiums
on the journalist who is
the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) North America
Correspondent, Obama said
“his volunteer service demonstrates the kind of
commitment to his
community that moves
America a step closer to
its great promise”. While commending
Nwachukwu for “devotion
to service and doing all
you can to shape a better
tomorrow” Obama pointed
out that while government could open more
opportunities to serve the
U.S. communities, it was up
to each of the citizens to
seize those opportunities. Also appreciating the
journalist, Chief Eric Ufom,
President of FESTAC – USA
& Equal Rights for Persons
with Disabilities, said “for
support and contributions towards improving the
image of Nigeria abroad,
Nwachukwu deserves to
be recognised and
honoured ’’. Ufom, whose organisation
is a foundation member of
the International Disability
Alliance ( IDA ) commended
the journalist for “being
part of raising Nigeria’s bar very high and setting
an excellent standard for
the country during the
5th session of the
conference of States for
those with disabilities. He also thanked him, “for
playing a very major role
through all those your
excellent publications
about our side event at
the Nigerian Mission, on the occasion of 5th
Session of the Convention
on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD), RI
World Congress in South
Korea, Election of Ms. Ekaete Umoh, as the Vice
President, RI African

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