At last, the man who designed the green white green, Nigeria flag, Mr. Taiwo Michael Akinkunmi, has been conferred with the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, (OFR) national award, even as President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him his special assistant for life.
Akinkumi, 78, a retired civil servant, was honoured by Jonathan on Monday in Abuja alongside 313 other Awardees by Jonathan in this year’s national merit of the government of Nigeria.
Also, among the awardees are a presidential steward, a traffic warden and a taxi driver, Imeh Usuah, the 66-year-old who returned N18million forgotten in his car to the rightful owner. They were each given a house in Abuja.
Breakdown of award shows that 25 of the awardees received the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, CFR, 60 got the Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, 54 awardees received the Officer of the Order of the Niger, OFR, award, and 63 Officers of the Order of the Niger, OON.
Also, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR, award was given to 53 persons and the Member of the Order of the Niger, MON, awards went out to 56 recipients.
Two of the awardees each received the First and Second Class of the Federal Republic Medal.
However, none was given the two highest honours of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON in this year’s edition of the award.
This awardees are: