Like the proverbial stone that does not tender its softness after a heavy downpour, so the honour of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili keeps raining in year-in-year-out despite her demise.
Penultimate week, it was another day of honour for the family as the oil-rich state led by Hon. Seriake Dickson, remembered her for having sold to the state her dream of building a viable Drug Mart in fighting against the sale and distribution of fake drugs in the Niger-Delta region, five years ago before she finally kissed the dust three years ago.
Henry Louis Mencken, a satirist, cultural critic and American journalist, said that “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.” Unarguably, Dora falls into this category of persons in her stand against illicit drugs in the country when she was the Director- General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
It would be recalled that on June 5, 2013, through NAFDAC, Dora entered into a pact with the Bayelsa State Government to build a viable Drug Mart, an idea which the governor completely bought and immediately laid a block for the building and later commenced full construction work at the site. This year, the completion and inauguration took place at Yenagoa, the state capital.
While commissioning the state-of-the-art health facility, former President Olusegun Obasanjo extolled the virtues of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili as one of the Drug Mart halls was named after her.
The former president continued by evoking emotions of the multitude present at the inauguration. He said he liked her especially for her courage and unshakable love for Nigeria.
The host, Governor Seriake Dickson in same vein, paid glowing tributes to the late Nigerian game changer in the war against counterfeit drugs. He thanked her for the initiative and contributions she made towards fighting against counterfeit drugs in Bayelsa State and the country at large.
According to the governor, “Dora has been a big loss to all Nigerians. We are naming this hall after her as part of efforts at immortalising her. “ Just like a grateful bird that comes back to its cave to rest, the Governor demonstrated his gratitude by inviting the immediate family of the deceased and hosted them lavishly for three days.