By Binebai Princewill
There was massive jubilation yesterday in Warri as Chief Edward Prebor, the Gbabramieowei of Iduwini Kingdom bagged a rare award as a Nigeria Reliable Icon Award from its organizers, Nigeria Reliable Icon Awards in Bayelsa State. The Liberator Newspapers can report.
It would be recalled that the revered award was presented to Chief Edward Prebor, immediate past Chairman of Odimodi and its federated communities in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State on the 22nd of November 2020 in Yenagoa by someone who stood in for him to receive the award on his behalf from the organizers, signed by Comr. Eyi Matthew Excel, president of the group.
The Liberator Newspapers can report that after receiving the award certificate on behalf of its recipient, Chief Edward Prebor as Nigerian Reliable Icon, the award certificate finally arrived Warri hence there was a mini get together among family, friends and well wishers at the Fonsecas place in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State to formally celebrate the award.
Chief Prebor while reacting to the award stated that he is surprised that the little he is doing for humanity could be seen by people from afar, stressing that he was shocked when he received a call from the organizers that he is among the list of persons that have been penned down to receive the revered award in Bayelsa.
Speaking further, Prebor stated that he is dedicating the prestigious award to the Lord Almighty for making it possible, adding that organizers of the Nigeria Reliable Icon Awards will continue to grow from strength to strength.
While thanking Chief Reuben Wilson, popularly known as the Peoples General for his nomination, the former Odimodi and its federated communities former Chairman had described self styled Gen Reuben as a true leader in the Niger Delta region, adding that Gen. Reuben is no doubt a symbol of unity.
Nevertheless, it would be recalled that the award is presented to Chief Edward Prebor in recognition of his contribution towards the growth and development of the society over time, using his personal resources.
On his part, Comr. Humphrey Oluku, former secretary of the revered Ogulagha Kingdom Youth Council (OKYC), a technocrat and a rising business tycoon had described the award presented to Chief Edward as a well deserved one, maintaining that it is a reward for his service to humanity.
Comr. Humphrey particularly charged Edward Prebor not to get tired of doing good to humanity whenever he has the opportunity to do so, stressing that the gains of doing good cannot be overemphasized as it will surely pay off for good if not now but later in life, adding that the award is an eloquent testimony to what he has said so far.
Speaking further, Comr. Pondy Benaebi who was secretary to Chief Edward Prebor during their reign as community leaders of Odimodi and its federated communities, opined that the likes of Chief Edward Prebor is rare in terms of communal leadership.
Mr. Pondy noted that he is not surprised at the award given to him as his boss, noting that the award will pave way for more awards to come as he has truly sacrificed for the growth and development of the society.
He said the period for which they worked together was eventful and historic in the life of Odimodi and its federated communities, adding that their tenure left behind lasting legacies that will stand the test of time.
He said the sandfielding of portions of lands in Odimodi is one important thing among very many other developmental drive that the Chief Prebor led administration embarked upon as a community chairman coupled with his prudent management of scarce resources of the town.
Benaebi said he is proud to call Chief Edward Prebor his boss anytime, anyday and anywhere, explaining that working closely with him has thought him a lot of good things, stressing that through Chief Edward Prebor, he now have what he can fall back to courtesy of Chief Edward Prebor.