National Primary Health Care Development Agency boss, Dr Ado Muhammad, has been declared winner of Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award and Africa Leadership ICON 2014.
Nigeria’s Muhammad, Executive Director of NPHCDA, was unanimously endorsed winner of the leadership award for this year, at the 71st Conference of AASU, held at OATTU Conference Centre, in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, said a statement on Thursday, signed by the agency’s Head of Public Relations Unit, Mr Sa’adu Salahu in Abuja.
The Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award and Africa Leadership ICON 2014 is awarded by All-Africa Students’ Union (AASU), which comprises 54 member unions from Francophone and Anglophone Africa countries, the statement said.
“It is the continental representative organisation of Democratic Students Unions founded in 1972 at University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.”
The statement said the decision of the continental body was informed by Muhammad’s commitment and dedication to service as exemplified in the giant strides of NPHCDA since his assumption.
“This is due to his unprecedented progress in polio eradication in Nigeria and repositioning of Primary Health Centres as the cornerstone of our health system,” it noted.
The organisation congratulated the primary health care boss for winning the covetous award and urged Nigerian in leadership position to emulate his worthy example.
The statement said past recipients of the award include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prince Bola Ajibola and Chief Afe Babalola.
“The Award’s investiture is to be conducted in a date to be announced later,” the statement said.
While receiving the award in Abuja, presented by Nigeria’s Representative of AASU, Comrade Yinka Dallas, Muhammad thanked the organisation for “the greater honour” and reiterated his commitment to the realisation of the presidential transformation agenda in the PHC sub-sector.
The organisation is an affiliate of the International Union of Students and has a consultative status with UNESCO, ECOSOG, UNICEF, ECOWAS and AU.
It was accredited with UNCCD and enjoys a cordial working relationship with the UN System.