By Dapo Akinrefon
THE lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Saturday, in Lagos, called on the Federal Government to immortalise the late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who she said “gave sterling example of due diligence and professionalism in a grave situation and thereby saved the lives of thousands of Nigerians from the Ebola virus.”
Adadevoh, a physician and endocrinologist with First Consultants Hospital in Lagos state died after contact with Liberian Ebola victim, Patrick Sawyer.
Tinubu said this during the 12th Town Hall meeting with constituents of Lagos Central Senatorial District and presentation of N16.250m cash empowerment to 650 widows in Lagos.
Senator Tinubu, who advocated for Adadevoh’s immortalisation, commended her for commitment and sacrifice to curb the disease.
She, however, urged Nigerians and Lagosians in particular to assist in the prevention of the disease noting that Adadevoh paid a high price by death for her act of sacrifice and patriotism.
She said: “in recent weeks, the scourge of Ebola Virus Disease has become a major concern across the world and there is need for all citizens to adhere to warnings as prevention is always better than cure. In Nigeria and other West African countries, we must salute the genuine commitment and supreme sacrifice made by many health workers to curb the disease. Particular mention must be made of late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who knew what to look for in compliance with global health standards and stood firmly to save Nigeria from what could have been utter devastation from the disease.”
Speaking further, the lawmaker said “I wholeheartedly endorse calls for the government of Nigeria to immortalise Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who gave such sterling example of due diligence and professionalism in a grave situation and thereby saved the lives of thousands of Nigerians. What a price to pay for one’s nation. Looking at her act of sacrifice and patriotism, I believe that there is hope for Nigeria.”
“There is no doubt that our nation requires more holistic policies to really make things work in all sectors towards making life better for our people and the coming generations. With a people-centred leadership and appropriate policies, our country has the potential to do much better for her citizens”, she added.
While presenting, N25,000 each to 650 widows aged 50years and below under the new initiative, the Widows’ Economic Empowerment Scheme (WEES), Tinubu said, “it has been a norm at each edition of our town hall meeting to reach out to our constituents, this is in a bid to facilitate empowerment in line with our party’s mandate.”
Also speaking at the event, the lawmaker representing Surulere Federal constituency at the House of Reps, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, lauded the Senator for her efforts at assissting the poor in the zone.
Gbajabiammilah said, “I want to appreciate your benevolence and urge all leaders in Nigeria to emulate your gesture”.