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Women group honours youth-inspiring organisations




Says DRASA stands out in preventing Ebola spread

To encourage and motivate them further, Women of Essence Award has rewarded some Nigerians in recognition of their efforts to make a difference in the society by creating jobs for the youth.

Over 15 nongovernmental organisations in Nigeria were recognised for their good deeds and making a positive impact.

Speaking at the award ceremony in Lagos recently, the host for Women of Essence Award in Ireland and America, Tosin Poopola, said the awards started in 2007, to encourage and inspire those who have done a lot to improve the lives of others.

She said many Nigerians are doing great trying to put smiles on the faces of people and also to create employment for the youth, in order to reduce the rate of unemployment.

“We looked around in Nigeria to see which nongovernmental organisation that we could partner with and DRASA (Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) came to our mind; she helped to curtail the spread of Ebola. The organisation is doing a lot of things and we decided to give the organisation an award and raise fund for the Foundation so that they could go on making the good impact.”

Poopola added that DRASA is involved in training people on hygiene and other infectious diseases and have been going around schools, teaching them to keep growing the good legacy left behind by Dr Adadevoh.

“It is not in our culture to give in this country; we are fond of receiving. So when we see people giving assistance to others, we need to encourage them to make them keep up the good work. This is the main reason why we started Women of Essence Award in the Republic of Ireland, with just three members in my sitting room. But now, it has expanded to other countries like Nigeria, Kenya and others.”

“The unique thing about the Essence Award is not about giving awards to people alone. In the Republic of Ireland, we raised funds for women refugees; we raised funds for children’s hospitals,” she said.

She urged Nigerians to always recongise talents and also learn to encourage them, as this goes a long way in the life of the receiver.

Poopola noted that quite worrisome and challenging that a country like Nigeria, with so many young talents, strong and agile are roaming the streets as a result of no jobs.

She urged the government to initiate policies that will enhance job creations in order to take the country out of current recession.

She also appealed to government to allow more women into positions of authority, as this is a part of the challenges facing women in this part of the world.

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