The state of Georgia has honoured Nigerian entrepreneur, Felix King Eiremiokhae with the Honorary Georgia Citizen for his charity works in Nigeria’s communities through his foundation.
The honour was conferred on Eiremiokhae by the Secretary of State, the State of Georgia, Brain P. Kemp, at the floor of the Senate in Capitol building.
The resolution for the honour was Senate resolution 608 moved by senators Gloria Butler of the 55th and Seay of the 34 and adopted in the senate on January 23, 2018.
Part of the resolution read "whereas, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this remarkable individual be appropriately recognized. Now be it further resolved by the senate that the members of the body commend Felix King Eiremiokhae for his many valuable contributions on behalf of those in need and extend best wishes for continued support"
Reading the proclamation on the Senate Capitol in the State of Georgia, Gloria Butler, Senator representing District 55 of the state described Eiremiokhae as a philanthropist extraordinaire.
According to her, Eiremiokhae started his Foundation in 2015 without enlisting the support of people and institutions other than out of his personal savings and his wife.
Butler further said that the Foundation’s key objective of giving hope to the poor and vulnerable widows and their children in communities across Nigeria by transforming their lives from despair to hope through different programmes such as business start-up initiatives, farm aids programme, free food distribution, educational grant and medical aids are in line with the principles the people of Georgia live by.
She said: “In the process, the Foundation has helped more than 1000 women and 3000 children. Much like the State of Georgia, Felix is interested in the protection of women and children.
"Apart from his involvement in several humanitarian activities that have brought succour to several poor and vulnerable women across Nigeria,King though his Foundation presented a bill to the Edo State House of Assembly last year for that purpose and he is hopeful that it will be passed in 2018.”
In another development, King was also bestowed with a Humanitarian Award by the Trinity International University of Ambassadors also in Georgia for the his works of charity and care for widows and the vulnerable.
Responding to the honour, Eiremiokhae in his acceptance speech acknowledged America as a land of opportunities and one that can be likened to a land that flows with milk while Nigeria is a land of hope and hidden treasures.
He further thanked the senate for the honour bestowed on him saying it was a true testimony of the true American values.