The National Orientation Agency (NOA) said it would confer Citizens Responsibility Recognition (CRR) award on Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi for declining to be flown abroad for medical treatment.
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Mike Omeri, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday in a statement.
Omeri said that the award was sequel to the governor’s refusal to be treated abroad following his involvement in a car crash.
He said that this was in line with the agency's campaign to encourage Nigerians to patronise the country’s local health facilities.
Omeri called on all Nigerians to imbibe the culture of receiving treatments locally, and said that Wada’s action was a vote of confidence on the capability of the country’s medical sector.
The director-genaral said that the governor’s action was, therefore, worthy of emulation by Nigerians.
In a letter to Wada, Omeri said, “We are delighted by your action, which will encourage more Nigerians to patronise our local health facilities.''
The NOA boss asked all Nigerians to pray for the governor’s quick recovery after his surgery.
He, however, condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate accident.
NAN recalls that Wada was involved in a car crash on Dec. 30, 2012 while returning to Lokoja from Ayangba and was still being treated at a private hospital in Abuja.
NOA has been consistent in recognsing what it describes as the nationalistic disposition of citizens by presenting them with its “Citizens Responsibility Recognition Award” with a token sum of N30,000.