Health minister honoured in Abia

When the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole was coming to Abia State last week, he had two official functions in mind: to inaugurate a tuberculosis diagnostic centre at the Amachara General Hospital in Umuahia South, and to perform the groundbreaking exercise for the construction of Drug Mart for drug dealers Aba, an initiative of the federal government geared towards checking the proliferation and sale of adulterated and unwholesome drugs in Abia and the Southeast in general.

It soon dawned on the august visitor that there other engagements to the bargain in which he would feature prominently.

Prof Oyewole who represents the federal government would not have visited the state and gone without paying homage to the traditional institution of the land especially the chairman of Southeast and Abia traditional rulers council, headed by His Eminence Eze Eberechi Dick, Eze Udo I of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise in Obingwa Local Government.

At the palace, the minister was taken unawares. The traditional rulers council would confer on him a chieftaincy title.

It was Eze Dick himself, overjoyed with the minister’s contribution to the healthcare of the people of the Southeast and the state in particular, announced the intention of the royal cabinet to honour him with a chieftaincy title.

The reappearance of the minister in the revered “Isiagu” Igbo traditional outfit set the stage for the conferment of the traditional title of “Ogwudire” (effective medicine) on the minister.

His Eminence Eze Eberechi Dick performed the ceremony assisted by other traditional rulers present.

Present to witness the conferment was the Deputy Governor of the state, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Abia State Commissioner of Health, Dr. John Ahukanna, Registrar, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr Elijah Mohammed, Prof. Christiana Adeyeye, Director-General (NAFDAC) represented by Ali Ibrahim, Director pharmacovigilance/post marketing surveillance, among other government officials and individuals who witnessed the exercise.

In his speech, Eze Dick said that the conferment of the chieftaincy title was to appreciate the minister’s good work in ensuring that lives of Abians and southeasterners were saved.

The traditional ruler used the opportunity of the minister’s visit to urge the federal government to continue partnering with the Abia State governor Okezie Ikpeazu whom he thanked for creating the atmosphere for business to thrive, in ensuring that Abians, Southeasterners and indeed Nigerians buy unadulterated drugs.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor Sir Oko Chukwu who represented Governor Ikpeazu thanked the traditional ruler for honouring the minister who in a short time of being in office has been able to distinguish himself as a man that knows his onus and has been able to show how much he loved Abia State and pledged the continued support of the state for the ministry and federal government’s developmental projects in the state.

In his response, Prof. Adewole thanked Eze Dick and other traditional rulers for the honour done to him, even though that he said it was a surprise that he would be singled out to be honoured by the Southeast and Abia traditional institution with the “Ogwudire’ chieftaincy title.

Adewole who said that the title means so much to him, promised to do his best in ensuring that the federal government continues partnering with the Abia State government in any way that they can in ensuring that the people of the state and southeast including other Nigerians enjoy adequate healthcare services.


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