By John Ikani
President Muhammadu Buhari would on Tuesday, October 11, confer the National Award of Commander of the order of the Federal Republic (CFR) of Nigeria on the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III.
The CFR is Nigeria’s second highest national honour, it ranks below Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and it is senior to Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
The conferment notice was signed by the Honorable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume.
According to the notice, the Olu of Warri will join other prominent Nigerians found worthy of the National Honours by the Federal Government.
The event is slated for Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
The notice seen by Heritage Times (HT) reads: “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment t of National honour on you in the rank of CRF, (Commander of the order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria).
“The investiture ceremony is scheduled to take place at the International conference centre, ICC, Abuja on Tuesday, October 11 2022 at 9am.
“All awardees are required to forward one-page citation and current passport photograph”.
It is worthwhile to note that the award for the first-class monarch would be coming barely a month when Dotcom Communication the Publisher, Pleasure Magazine equally honored Ogiame Atuwatse III with Humanitarian Royal Father of the year award for his humanitarian contribution since his emergence last year as the Olu of Warri at a well-attended event at Transcorp Hilton hotels Abuja.
Also sometime in June, Olu of Warri was presented with the key to the City of Brampton by Mayor Patrick Brown in Canada during Ogiame’s 6 days visit to drive foreign direct investment to Warri Kingdom.