The Ministry of information under the leadership of its minister, Labaran Maku, has organised a valedictory session in honour of the former helms person of the Ministry, Dora Akunyili, who passed away last week.
Maku, who lead members of his ministry and friends of the deceased described her as one of the greatest Nigerian women who came to the ministry on a high mark having excelled as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
He said in both places “she distinguished herself as a capable administrator, as a patriot and an outspoken person based on her own convictions”.
The Minister lauded her courage of conviction and determination to get results in anything she did.
He said as her junior colleague in the cabinet, Prof. Akunyili carried him along in the management of the ministry and brought him out by regularly granting him the opportunity to address the media after the weekly Federal Executive Council Meetings.
In his tribute, the Director Protocol and Public Relations in the ministry, Mr. Peter Dama recalled the role played by Prof. Akunyili during the constitutional crisis that was thrown up in the wake of the prolonged sickness of former President Yar’adua.
“She was just about the only person that stood firm at the Federal Executive Council to talk about our present president, who was then vice-president to stand in as the president. I recall that I had to do that memo and she took that memo to Council. When she took it to Council, nobody wanted that memo discussed because the house was divided”.
He described Dora as woman who always stood firm for whatever she believed in.