The easygoing and kindhearted philanthropist who recently submitted a letter to President Jonathan, copying the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives seeking for a bill for free Medicare for the elderly, was awarded ADMA best humanitarian service of the year.
The award organized by Africans in Diaspora was in recognition of the works of her NGO, Foundation for the Elderly and the Poor, founded in 2006 in India when her husband was the Nigerian High Commissioner to that country, and which transcends beyond national, ethnic and religious borders.
In her acceptance speech, Hajia Habiba said while she appreciates the fact that people recognize her good works, she does not run her NGO for such recognitions and awards, but because of her desire to help those in need especially the elderly and the poor.
In an interview with Nigerian Pilot just before leaving for Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Hajia Habiba had said, “I don’t do what I am doing so I would be rewarded, but I just love helping people…. Nobody sat me down to ask me to do what I am doing and that is why I do not even accept donations from anyone. I do what I do within the limits I can afford. That is why my NGO is not profitable; non dona table. It is something I have made up my mind to do; it is my own wish, so I do not have to go and begin to ask people for donations. If I cannot run it, then I shouldn’t even do it in the first place.
It would be recalled that just recently, precisely on October 8, she won the National Waves award for Most Outstanding NGO in Abuja. She has won several other awards including a United Nations recognition award for her good works.