By Francis Tayor, Yenagoa
A Niger-Delta based philanthropist and freedom fighter,Double Chief. Ebi Pinapinawei,popularly known as Commander Biggy is to be honoured with Award of Excellence on Thursday the 13th of December 2018 by the National Association of Niger-Delta Students.
In a statement made available by the Senate President,Niger-Delta Students,Comrade Francis Bolokor said,the award became necessary based on Commander Biggy selfless contributions towards the emancipation struggle of the Niger-Delta people from oppression,coupled with his philanthropic lifestyle in the society.
According to Bolokor said;” after thorough investigation and observation of the person of Commander Biggy antecedents in the Niger-Delta region,the students body discovered that Double Chief.Ebi Pinapinawei merits the Award,having impacted the lives of over 500 youths to study in the University through the award of Biggy Foundation Scholarship to the less privileged ones in the society.He reaffirmed that the Niger-Delta Students Association 2018 edition Award of Excellency is tagged:Youth Personality Of Inestimable Value In The Niger-Delta Region,stressing that Commander Biggy philanthropic works over the years endeared him the recognition.”
However,Commander Biggy who hailed from Ekeni and Olobia in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State,is known for his philanthropic kind gesture in the Niger-Delta region beyond ethnic line.Just last month, over six students under the Biggy Foundation Scholarship graduated from different higher institutions across the country for NYSC.
Commander Biggy and his Foundation is really doing great job in the Niger-Delta region,hence this Award from the students community does not comes as a surprise, rather it is a well deserved privileged to the recipient.