The Benin National Congress has bestowed on the General Overseer of Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) Pastor, Alex Omokudu, the distinguished Religious Service Award in recognition of his humility, compassionate nature, calling and service to humanity.
Omokudu, a UK-based Nigerian Pastor, was decorated along with the National Chairman of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for his commitment to ethical and visionary leadership.
Other award recipients include Dr. Dory Okojie for Private Sector Exemplary services; and Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, who clinched the Distinguished Public Service Award.
It all happened at the colourful Ninth National Benin Congress Awards held in Benin City; and attended by political heavy weights, industry giants and eminent sons and daughters of Edo State extraction, last Thursday.
Prior to the presentation of the award, the President of Edo National Congress, Mr. Aiyemenkhue Edokpolo said the that awards were reserved for only exceptionally distinguished personalities adding that the awardees are Edo indigenes of unassuming patriotic characters.
“They have no doubt served the country. This award is a further admonition for greater community impact from all the recipients. We have to resuscitate the cultural values of excellent appreciation of ingenious interventions; that way, our youths will imbibe selflessness and creativity, the twin ingredients for greatness,” Edokpolo said.
In his citation, popular lawyer, Festus Keyamo described Pastor Alex as an inspirational, charismatic and energetic leader, a father figure for Nigerian youths, who is using his calling to turn the lives of gang members, criminals, drug users and dealers around.
Sunday Telegraph reliably learnt that Omokudu was born deaf and dumb and experienced neglect and rejection growing up because he was regarded as abnormal, with behavioural problems.
“He struggled through to adulthood. He experienced great difficulties through school and was the target of his teachers, all of whom did not fully understand his condition and how to help him. They thought he was headstrong and labeled him an ‘impossible pupil to educate’. His classmates did not make things any easy for him, they constantly made jest of him. “Due to his disabilities he was quick tempered and lashed out at them, which always led him to being thrown out of class. After lashing out at his class mates, during lunch he would buy them snacks and defend the weak from bullies, a trait he has carried with him throughout the years and that is still demonstrating in the way he cares for people and feel their plights when they are passing through difficulty,” the citation added.
He has trained and produced over 200 successful entrepreneurs globally and he has also participated in various government schemes in relation to job creation and skill acquisition in UK.
The award was jointly received on Omokudu behalf by his cousin, Mr. Sunny Aleghe and the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly’s Church Management Council Chairman, Mr. Moffat Ekoriko.
Thanking the organiser of the event, Mr. Aleghe said that the award would spur Pastor Alex to do more for the good of the society. He, however, called on other clerics to give more to the society and desist from the current perception that where church operators are seen as feeding fat on church members.
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