By Sola Ogundipe
United Kingdom’s Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase 2 Programme, PATHS2, has expressed sadness over the death of Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State in a military helicopter crash in Bayelsa State Saturday, last week.
PATHS2 National Programme Manager, Mr Mike Egboh, who led a delegation of the UK’s Department for International Development, DFID, funded state level programmes on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased at government house in Kaduna, Wednesday, described the tragic incident as a great loss to the entire nation.
Egboh noted that the late Governor’s death was particularly painful to PATHS2 and other DFID projects as he (Yakowa) was a good ally who played an exemplary role in strengthening the state’s health systems.
“During his time, he was very committed to the development of the State. He was also very committed to the survival of mother and child. He was very committed as well to the development of the local government in the state. He was the first person to bring government counterpart funding in development world. He was dedicated to development,” Egboh remarked.
“I remember when we brought in drugs and there was no space to put it, he told us if there was no space in the ministry of health, he would create space for us at the State House to house the drugs and equipment.
“That demonstrates the level of commitment he had for development. With that kind of commitment we know what the loss is for Kaduna State and the country as a whole.”
“He was a man of peace, he was a man of development, he was a man of honour and he was a man of integrity. I pray his death will bring peace to the state and not chaos or war.”
Egboh recalled that even in the face of daunting security challenges, Yakowa as Governor worked assiduously to put in place a team of professionals to reposition the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and the entire health sector in order to provide better healthcare services to the people of the state.