So that Professor Akoria, Edo’s new health commissioner, “ticks”
The Edo Women’s Consultative Forum congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for appointing one of their daughters and a shining light in their community, Professor Obehi Akoria, as Commissioner for Health.
In a statement after their annual meeting and signed by Forum President Dame (Dr.) Ivie Esther Akhionbare, the group described the appointment as a true testament to the governor’s pledge to make Edo Great.
Akhionbare also noted with pleasure that the new cabinet, as announced, has almost achieved a 50-50 gender balance, with five out of 11 nominations for the Commissioner and one of two nominations for the Special Advisor representing the women.
She called the feat unprecedented in the history of Edo State and Nigeria and encouraged the governor to become the first in Nigeria to ensure a gender balance in the remaining appointments.
The Forum noted Professor Akoria’s track record in his career and expressed absolute confidence in his ability to reverse the fortunes of the Ministry of Health and the entire health sector in Edo for the good of the people, by especially women.
Indeed, she is a shining light, a round peg in a round hole, according to the women of the state.
She has been a leader in the fields of health, medical education and public health
His work draws on several skills, including expertise in internal medicine, clinical and therapeutic pharmacology, geriatrics, public health, leadership and management, medical publishing, database design, project and program management, as well as management. public speaking.
Since 2005, as she wrote on her Linkedin page, she has worked extensively with the World Health Organization and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria on the development of national standard treatment guidelines and the revision of the national list of essential drugs. I have also taught several public health subjects as part of the University of Liverpool’s Online Public Health Masters program between 2011 and 2017.
She went further: “As the current Sub-Specialty Chair in Geriatrics at the Faculty of Internal Medicine at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, and as Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nigeria. Benin, I train and mentor undergraduates, medical residents and professionals from other health disciplines, in holistic, person-centered and quality health care, especially for the elderly.
A lifelong approach to healthy aging and well-being is the main focus of my current advocacy, clinical and public health work.
One forum member summed up his feelings this way: “This is probably the best news in the health sector in Edo state in a long time. I know this woman very well. She has inspired so many people and stands out from her peers for what she stands for and her past accomplishments ”,
In the statement released after the meeting, the Forum unanimously decided to send a special letter of appreciation to the Governor and his wife, for what they defined as charitable leadership that transforms lives.
“We have just returned from the urgent and timely intervention of Her Excellency, Ms. Betsy Obaseki, for women with VF problems. What Her Excellency is doing is literally saving lives and restoring the dignity of generations of Edo women. In this state, we’ve never had it so good. To have a governor and wife who care so much about the women of the state and even in many cases put their well-being first is truly a turning point for us. So we are very grateful to God and to Godwin and Betsy Obaseki, ”she concluded.
They thanked the governor for allowing a meritorious system in the selection of his commissioners and urged him to provide support to the new commissioners to perform their duties to the best of their ability and in the interests of the new commissioners. of the people of the state.
The Forum, however, urged the governor to use his exalted duties to continue to ensure the safety and security of state residents and urgently review the recent wave of road rehabilitation works implemented by contractors. .