Again, Butswat bags award of excellence

By Debbie Nduba
R-L : Pst./ Evang.Mrs. Comfort Padonu (Visioner of WICOM) Presenting the Award to Prof.Butswat


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Isaac Butswat, has been bestowed with an Excellence Award Ambassador, by the Widow’s Comfort Outreach Ministries International (WICOM)

The award was conferred on him on Friday, May 19, 2023 during the dedication of Widows Comfort Centre Hall and Book Presentation, titled: Improving the Widowhood Course: A Clarion Call held at WICOM office Zarmaganda Rayfield Road, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

Presenting the award, the visioner of WICOM, Pastor/Evangelist Mrs. Comfort M. Padonu, said the award was in recognition of Butswat’s passion and relentless services for women and orphans in the state and Nigeria.  

“The leadership of WICOM Nigeria is proud of Prof. and evidence of his services to our 31 years of existence and relentless services to the widows and orphans in Plateau State and Nigeria,” Padonu said.

WICOM is a faith-based charitable, non-profit and non-corporate affairs organisation, cutting across ethno-religious boundaries with the aim of empowering  widows and orphans socially, physically and spiritually in order to alleviate them from poverty to surplus, she added.

Award of Excellence

In his response, the elated recipient thanked the donors for what he described as a pleasant surprise.

“I was just supporting the ministry as a duty to God since 2014, not knowing that somebody somewhere was taking recognition of my little support to WICOM,” Butswat stated.

While thanking the council for finding him worthy for the award, he expressed his deep appreciation to them.

I am being encouraged to continue what I have been doing well. My prayer is that they will wax stronger and stronger in all ramifications, they should not relent in their good works because orphans being raised will graduate and also help and impact the ministry,he added.

The NOUN DVC further advised individuals to be the best of whom they are as rewards and recognition come unexpectedly here on earth or abode.

WICOM has curved a niche for itself in areas of caring for widows and orphans as the number of widows and orphans continues to increase due to communal clash, epidemics and ethnic attacks, having a total of 500 widows and 120 orphans in its care.