- …says she was an Amazon
From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Governor Adams Oshiomhole has described the Late Professor Dora Akunyili, one-time Minister of Information and Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), as a true Amazon, who left her imprints in the sands of time.
In a condolence message, issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, Oshiomhole said: “Professor Dora Akunyili was a true patriot, who put the country’s interest above her personal comforts as she displayed extreme courage, discipline, honesty and incorruptibility as Director-General of NAFDAC.
“She displayed an uncommon trait when she returned an unspent medical allowance to the coffers of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), as South-East Zonal Secretary of the Fund, an act which stood her out in and earned her elevation to the exalted position of Director-General of NAFDAC”, the governor stated.
“A true Amazon, Dora Akunyili put her life on the line in her efforts to sanitise and salvage the nation’s drug industry and earned the ire of fake drugs’ importers who almost snuffed the life out of her in a desperate bid to continue in their nefarious and unwholesome business.
“Even as she battled with ill-health, she ignored her personal discomforts as she was keen to contribute her quota to the national discourse as a member of the ongoing National Conference.
“Dora’s sense of patriotism and commitment to the unity of the country defined her engagements through her trajectory in public service.