By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA — A group, Nigeria Interest Group, NIG, has called on the Federal Government to post-humously confer the title of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger, GCON, on late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh for her humanitarian and patriotic display of courage in handling the Ebola disease in the country.
The title being sought for the late medical practitioner is the second highest in the country and so far, only two business moguls, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Chief Mike Adenuga, have been conferred with it alongside present and past vice presidents.
The group, which noted that the late physician paid the supreme price in her attempt to stop the spread of Ebola virus in the country, also commended other health practitioners for their humanitarian and patriotic display of courage which had led to several victims of Ebola being successfully treated and discharged.
The group, at a press briefing by its Director General, Mr. Jim Elueni, in Abuja, yesterday, applauded President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Executive Council and the Federal Ministry of Health for the quick and pro-active response to the Ebola out-break in the country.
It noted that it was because of the commendable measures adopted that the casualty figure of infected persons became low.
It also thanked the Federal Government for its recent donation of N200 million to the Lagos State government to assist the state in the fight against the Ebola virus.
The group, which said it was out to enlighten Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the gains of the present federal administration, canvassed support for re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s general elections, saying in spite of some problems confronting his administration, the President was determined to take Nigeria to the promised land.