By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu – The International Police Association (IPA) has honoured Mr Mike Okiro, the Chairman, Police Service Commission, with an award of Excellence for Fighting Crime and Eradicating Corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.
The association also honoured SP Ebere Amaraizu the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu Command of the Nigeria Police Force, with an award of Excellence for Public Relations Practice in the force.
A statement issued by Amaraizu on Saturday in Enugu said that the awards were given on Nov. 24, at a ceremony in Rome.
Amaraizu quoted the presenter of the awards, Dr Antonio Adornato, President of IPA, Italy Chapter, as commending the Chairman of Police Service Commission and former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro, for improving the integrity of the Nigeria Police.
“Okiro has motivated others to insist on serving with integrity, hence his recognition for an award over his meritorious service.
“On Enugu State PPRO Amaraizu, his recognition became necessary following his excellent services in the areas of security promotion and crime reduction through functional Police-Community relations, using public relations platforms,’’ Amaraizu quoted Adornato as saying.
Responding, Amaraizu described the award as a challenge for greater productivity.
According to him, the reward for hard work is more work.
“I am overwhelmed by this award of Excellence on Public Relations Practice and therefore see the award as a greater challenge for more work.
“It means that one needs to remain focused at all times and dedicated to one’s endeavour, as you might not know those watching you either for good or bad,’’ he said. (NAN)