It was a moment of surprises and joy for exceptional traffic wardens of the Nigeria Police Force and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) when the Israel Ibeleme Foundation honoured them with gifts and scholarships for their children.
The beneficiaries, who were randomly selected at different locations by the Israel Ibeleme Foundation team, Police authorities and the FRSC marshals, told Abuja Business Reports that the gesture has become an inspiration for more dedication to duties.
Eight Police traffic wardens and five traffic controllers of the Federal Road Safety Corps received expensive hampers each, just as the foundation awarded scholarships to children of the police officers and that of two children of two outstanding FRSC marshals.
In his address at the ceremony, Mr. Israel Ibeleme, Founder of the NGO, noted that the gesture was meant to appreciate the officers and encourage them to do more.
“Today, the foundation has deemed it fit to acknowledge, celebrate and appreciate our gallant traffic wardens, men and women who have shown dedication and commitment to their duties and service to the nation.
“Many may feel that they are merely doing their jobs, but these are men and women who have families, but spend most of their time and energy on our roads ensuring orderliness and safety of road users.
“These are fellow Nigerians whose duties expose them to risks of cars or other forms of road accidents.
“These are Nigerians, who most times do not have time for self-development, nor do they have other businesses than controlling traffic.
“This year’s hamper give away project is also to encourage other well-to-do Nigerians to support our traffic controllers as encouragement and appreciation for their selflessness in discharging their duties in service of our dear country Nigeria,” Israel Ibeleme, founder of the foundation stated.
Also speaking at the event at the police command in Abuja, ACP Nurudeen Sabo, urged those not selected to work hard to be selected next time.
He also urged the foundation to maintain the tempo, urging Nigerians to emulate the gesture.
“We need more people from the community. We need more people like you in society,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries in the police force, Antonia Uchendu said: “I am very grateful, I am happy. I never expected it. I am very surprised.
“I never knew people are watching. I thank God. I have been working at 100 per cent. Now it will be 150 per cent.”
In the same way, a highly elated beneficiary, Iliya Rejoice Gambo, a female marshal, told Abuja Business Report that she never expected the rewards as she was not aware that she was being watched.
She however appealed to Nigerian road users to make their work as traffic officers easier by obeying traffic rules.