Pays tribute to Akunyili, says others should emulate Governor Dickson
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Friday paid tributes to late Prof. Dora Akunyili, for her contributions towards the fight against counterfeit drugs in the country.
Obasanjo spoke on Friday in Yenagoa during the commissioning of the Bayelsa State Drug Distribution Centre and other state -of-the-art health facilities in Yenagoa. While commending Governor Dickson for investing in the health sector , Obasanjo said the vision of the Governor was worthy of emulation. The former president also enrolled in the Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme, making him an honorary member.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, said the former President commissioned the Bayelsa State Specialist Hospital, Drug Distribution Center and the World-Class Diagnostic Centre.
Other projects commissioned include, the Gloryland Drive road at Igbogene, renamed as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Drive as well as unveiling of the Government House Heliport, which is now known as King AP Diete Spiff Heliport.
Chief Obasanjo who took a facility tour of the health projects, said he was highly impressed by the level of commitment demonstrated by the Governor in providing world class health facilities and services to the citizenry.
He also commended Governor Dickson for keying into the vision of the late Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Akunyili in the establishment of the Drug Mart and Distribution Center, noting that the facility would assist in curbing the menace of fake drugs and drug abuse.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson said, as part of his administration’s revolutionary intervention in the health sector, government decided to expand quality health services to accommodate the average Bayelsan.
Acknowledging the contributions of late Prof Akunyili, Governor Dickson assured that, he would continue to identify with any worthy cause aimed at promoting the health of the people.
According to him, the state government decided to name one of the halls of the Drug Mart and Distribution Center after Prof. Akunyili as part of efforts at immortalising her.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu and Managing Director of the Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre, Prof. Ifiemu Nwariaku, noted that the facilities have started providing world-class services before their inauguration.
According to them, the Governor’s vision of turning Bayelsa to a health hub through medical tourism is being achieved as people from within and outside the state now patronise the facilities, which boast of cardiovascular, renal and stroke centres.
Former President, Chief Obasanjo who enrolled in the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme as an honorary enrollee, also took time off to interact with selected students from state-owned model schools at the Ijaws National Academy, Kaiama.