78-year-old designer of the Nigerian flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, has been placed on a salary equivalent to that of a Special Assistant for life by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigeria adopted the flag, Akinkunmi’s entry in a competition held in 1959, ahead of the 1960 independence day. He was a 23-year-old student studying at Norwich Technical College in England.
“I won a prize of a hundred pounds. The presentation was carried out at the Nigerian embassy in London. And it has been in use since then,” he told Thisday in an interview last year.
He said at the time that 54 years after he designed the flag, he was yet to be recognized or given national honour.
“The only time I was remembered was in 2010 when Nigeria celebrated her Golden Jubilee. I was among the 50 nominees that President Goodluck Jonathan presented with a Gold Medal and a certificate,” he said.
President Jonathan has however honoured the man many believe should have been honoured many years ago.
According to the 2010 Consolidated Salary Structure for top federal public office holders, Pa Akinkunmi is expected to earn at least N4,697,068 per annum.