In appreciation for his commitment in the provision of healthcare services to the people of Borno State, a state ravaged by insurgency, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has been conferred with a traditional tittle:SHETIMA NULEFAYE of Borno by the Shehu of Borno Alh. Abubakar Umar Garbai El-kanemi.
The letter conveying the traditional title was presented to the Hon. Minister by the Borno State Commissioner of Local Government and Emirates Affairs, Hon. Usman Zanna accompanied by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Health said that the conferment of the title on the Hon. Minister was equally approved by the Executive Governor of Borno State, His excellency Alh. Kashim Shetima.
The title “SHETIMA NULEFAYE” which means “Commander of Health” was conferred on the Minister in recognition of his love for the wellbeing of the people of Borno state.
“This conferment is in recognition of your meritorious healthcare delivery service and display of professional competence in the implementation of the Nation’s healthcare programmes especially by improving immunization programmes, eradication of polio and other diseases across the Federal Republic of Nigeria” the letter read.
Dr. Mshelia said that from the inception of insurgency in Borno State and the North East in general, the Hon. Minister of Health had visited the State more than five times and that was an indication that the Minister had love and passion for improving the healthcare system in Borno State.
He explained that the Health and Nutrition Emergency Response programme coordinated by the Ministry had greatly improved the health and nutrition indices of the people of the state.
Responding, Prof. Adewole commended President Muhammadu Buhari for given him the platform to provide healthcare support to the people of North-East region where most of their healthcare facilities were destroyed by the Insurgency.
Adewole also thanked the Executive Governor and the Shehu of Borno for considering him worthy of a traditional title in Borno State.
“I must thank the Executive Governor of Borno State and the Shehu of Borno for given me this traditional title; I consider it not as my achievement but as that of the entire Federal Ministry of Health. It would serve as an additional impetus for me to work harder”.