By Jude Atupulazi
The University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Alumni Association (UNAA) has bestowed the Icon of Health Management and Service to Humanity Award to the Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka, Dr. Joe Akabuike.
The award, Fides gathered, was in recognition of his contributions to safe and improved health care in Anambra State.
Dr. Akabuike received the award during the 2022 UNAA Awka Branch’s Alumni Association Forum and End of Year/Award Ceremony held in Awka, which was attended by many dignitaries.
Speaking during the event, the president of the association, Dr. Chinedu Mbalisi, said the event was designed to honour their resourceful icons in their service to humanity, as enshrined in the university’s motto: ”To restore the dignity of man”.
He disclosed that all their awardees deserved the honour given them, even as he solicited for support to purchase a bus for efficient mobility of the association.
Dr. Mbalisi described Dr. Akabuike as one of the shining lights of the association who, he said, had distinguished himself in the service of God and humanity, hence the need to honour him as ‘a Great Lion’.
Receiving the award, a visibly elated Dr. Akabuike described it as dear to him because it came from the elite and noble people and pledged to continue contributing towards the progress of the association.
Speaking to the ABS, the wife of the CMD, Dr. Nkiru Akabuike, said she was highly elated because of the award given to her husband, which, she said, showed that he was doing well. She said the award was an encouragement for them to do more.
Earlier, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Joseph Ikechebelu, who was the Guest Lecturer, x-rayed the theme of the event, “Celebrating UNAA Brand Icons In the Service of Humanity”, and said those who assisted humanity would not be forgotten, even as he described the awardees as meritorious people.
The chairman of the occasion, Professor Ogo Ibeneme, said the ceremony was meant to remember their institution and recognize their icons with a view to motivating their new students.
Dr. Akabuike was accompanied to the event by the Special Adviser to Governor Chukwuma Soludo on Medicals and Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Godwin Nnadozie, who is also the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Oxygen Gas Plant; the National Vice President, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene; and the Head of Department, Accounts of COOUTH, Mr. Okey Nworie.
Others included, the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) COOUTH, Dr. Emmanuel Mba; Nodal Officer COOUTH SERVICOM, Ozo Obiorah Ezumezu; Head of Department Pharmacy, COOUTH, Dr. Obiageli Uchebo, as well as the Information officer COOUTH, Mrs. Lovely Ezeakunne.