From  AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja

The Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA), Dr. Abubakar Yakubu on Friday was  honored  with Distinguished International Merit Award of Excellence, for most innovative top best run agency in the North, by the Arewa Media Publications Event Company.

The two awards are: Award for Excellence, Professionalism and Commitment to Duty for 2019, and ‘Distinguished Service Merit Award’, for most Outstanding Best Performed Chief Executive Award for Excellence 2019.

The event which was held at Arewa House, Kaduna, had distinguished personalities in attendance from across the country who were also recipients of various awards.

Prince Joshua Adeleke, the Chief Executive of the organisation and publisher of Northern Achievers Magazine, said the awardees were distinguished Nigerians who had impacted positively on their various organisations, communities, and the North in general.

He said the recipients were careful selected based on professional competence and commitment to service, describing them as a leading and hidden treasure in Nigeria.

He described Dr. Yakubu as a game changer whose appointment had brought remarkable changes and transformation to KSPHCDA within a short time, saying ‘Yakubu is an intellectual personified in humility and living legend”.

He congratulated the Awardees and urged them to stay focused on the prize for hardworking.

In his response, Dr. Yakubu thanked the organisers for the recognition and for finding him worthy of the awards, adding that the award would spur him to do more.

He dedicated the award to Gov. Yahaya Bello, who has been giving the agency the moral and financial support to excel in the state, especially in the area of Primary Healthcare under one roof which the Governor signed into law this year.

He stressed that the governor had approved the PHC to be Under One Roof (PHCUOR) and had signed the PHC re-enacted bill into law, while urging other northern governors to do same to pave way for a better and healthier nation at large.

The Executive Director also thanked the management and staff of the agency for their support cooperation in the last two years.

Yakubu stressed the need for northern governors to focus more attention on health issues by investing more especially in community mobilisation to support the activities of PHC.

“A government that has the health sector at heart should get it first from the onset; if this is done, 80 per cent of the challenges we have at the health care sector would be solved.

”Achieving a better and healthier nothern population would enable more productivity and development among the northern populace and Nigeria at large.

”We need to coordinate and integrate all the PHC services if we must achieve maximum results,” Yakubu said.

The event, with the theme: ”Celebrating the Legacies of Northern Stars: Rewarding Executive”, also heralded the Launching of a book, titled: ”Northern Star: Who is Who in the North”.

Other awardees were: Yobe Deputy Gov., Mr Idi Gubana;  the Emir of Ningi, Alh. Yunusa Danyaya; Sokoto Commissioner of Animal Health & Fisheries, Prof. A.U Jinaidu; the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Alh. Muhammed Ahmed; Sokoko Commissioner for Health, Alh  Muhammed Inname; the Emir of Bukuyyum in Zamfara, Alh. Muhammad Usman, among several others.

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