By Victor Nwachukwu
Owerri, Sept. 29, 2020 The African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) has commended the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( ISPHCDA) for the giant stride it has made in ensuring quality healthcare delivery in the state.
The Speaker of the parliament, Mr Kewul Abel, made the commendation, when he led members of his executive on a visit to the ISPHCDA Executive Secretary, Dr Perry Njoku, on Tuesday in Owerri.
He described ASUP as the umbrella body for all students from the 54-member countries of the African Union with the core objective of encouraging harmony for the overall benefit of African students.
Abel, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Mr Epoh Pablo, said that the group appreciated the impact of ISPHCDA activities on Imo residents, especially the students.
He said that those activities were brought to the front burner at a recent ASUP conference held at the University of Ghana, where Nigeria’s representatives extolled the agency and its achievements.
He thanked Njoku for his “outstanding commitment to effective service delivery” which, according to him, marks him out as an iconic patriot of the African society.
“The impact of ISPHCDA’s activities on students of universities in Imo was brought to the fore at our conference in Ghana where we decided to partner with the agency for more effective healthcare delivery.
“The dream of building a healthier society for tomorrow’s leaders is sacrosanct and tedious and can only be achieved through the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders,” Abel said.
He however urged public office holders to emulate the ISPHCDA boss, descibing him as an ebullient leader with great administrative acumen.
Responding, Njoku thanked the parliament for recognising the agency and pledged his continued commitment to service delivery in the interest of rural dwellers, underprivileged ones and students.
He said: “We are highly overwhelmed by the fact that our activities have been recognised beyond the shores of our dear country, especially by the leaders of tomorrow.
“We pledge our continued commitment to globally acceptable healthcare practice and we assure you that we are available and will continue to contribute our quota for the overall good of students in Imo, Nigeria and beyond.”
Major highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the ASUP Pan-African Servant Leadership Award to Njoku “in recognition of his meritorious achievements in the health sector”.