The Deputy Senate President and Delta APC Governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has rewarded brave tanker driver, Ejiro Otarigho, with a personal donation of N1 million.
The heroic tanker driver had on June 10, 2022 driven a burning tanker loaded with petrol from a densely populated area in Agbarho, Delta State to the riverside, saving hundreds of lives and property worth billions of naira.
The act was captured by onlookers on video and has since gone viral.
Agbarho, a community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, is in Delta Central Senatorial District, which Senator Omo-Agege represents at the National Assembly.
In applauding the tanker driver, the lawmaker said his courageous action saved not only his constituents, but prevented a national catastrophe and mourning.
The amount, Omo-Agege stated, was his personal donation to appreciate Ejiro Otarigho for risking his life to save others.
Responding, Ejiro thanked the DSP for his kind donation, even as he used the opportunity to debunk media reports that he was not interested in national honour but in a new tanker.
His words: “I look forward to coming to Abuja for the national honour recommended for me to the President by the Senate. I wish to thank him (Senator Omo-Agege) again for moving the motion.”
It would be recalled that last week, the Senate resolved to honour Ejiro Otarigho for his heroic act.
The Red Chamber also recommended him to President Muhammadu Buhari for National Honours.
This followed a motion moved by the Deputy President of the Senate and co-sponsored by Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta South) and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (APC, Delta North).