Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole has been honoured with icon ambassador award by Igala Youth Integrity Forum.
Presenting the award to Kolawole at the Assembly complex on Wednesday, the president of the group, Comrade Adejoh Isaac Abutu said that the leadership qualities of the Speaker influenced the decision to bestow one of the highest award of honour of the organization on him.
According to him, they took into consideration the antecedents of the Speaker even while he was yet to be elected by his people to represent Kabba-Bunu state constituency at the Kogi State House of Assembly.
He said the outcome of their research about his outstanding contributions to the law making process in the state, the development of his constituency and service to humanity made the group deem it fit to approve and ratify the award of honour at the end of the board meeting of the organisation held recently in Ayingba.
The group said they have the approval of the Attah Igala, Dr Michael Ameh Oboni II to confer the ‘icon of Igala youth leadership ambassador’ award on Kolawole.
He gave the Speaker an Igala name, Ojochene, which means God is good. He pointed out that the Speaker is now one of the adopted sons of Igala kingdom.
The Speaker appreciated the group for counting him worthy to be honoured at a time like this, stressing that he has to find out the genuineness and objectives of any organization bestowing such award.
He charged the youths to take their education serious and shun every act that is capable of destroying their lofty dreams in life. He appealed to them to be ambassadors of the new direction administration and continue to preach the gospel of the good things Governor Yahaya Bello is doing.