Delta Govt Rewards Heroic Tanker Driver Ejiro Otarigho With N2m 

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Otarigho’s act, the Delta State Government hopes, would spur more Nigerians to follow a similar line. Twitter@DSGovernment


The Delta State Government has rewarded heroic tanker driver Ejiro Otarigbo with N2m and also gave him a letter of commendation.  He also got a plaque. 

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Patrick Ukah made the presentation in a ceremony held on Thursday in Asaba, days after Otarigbo drove away a burning tanker to a safe place where it later exploded.

“Today, the Delta State government, presented a letter of commendation, an award plaque, and a cheque of two million Naira, to Mr. Ejiro Otarigho, a tanker driver, for his display of heroism as he drove a burning tanker away to a safe place in Agbarho, Ughelli North LGA,” the Delta State Government said in a tweet on its official handle.

“The Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, who made the presentation on behalf of the State Government commended Mr. Otarigho for his bravery and heroism in averting a major disaster that could have resulted in the death of many in the area.”

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Speaking about the driver’s heroism last week at Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, the SSG described the feat as a rare display of patriotism.

Mr Ukah noted that if not for the driver’s action, many lives could have been lost and properties worth millions damaged. He expressed gratitude to him for putting others first and saving lives and properties. The SSG hopes that the act would spur patriotism in more well-meaning Nigerians.


Otarigho, who was also named a youth ambassador for the state, came to the event with his wife.  Members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) were also on the ground for the ceremony.

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