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Bayelsa mourns late Minister Akinyuli

09 June 2014, 07:36

Abuja - Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, commiserated with the family of the late former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Professor Dora Akinyuli.

She died on Saturday morning at an Indian hospital, after a long battle with a cancer-related ailment, at the age of 59.

“Governor Dickson received the news of Professor Akinyuli’s death with a deep sense of loss and disbelief, describing her passage as a great loss to her family, state and Nigeria, stressing that, she gave her very best to every assignment and position she held at various times and levels of society,” Iworiso Markson,  Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor stated.

According to him, the former Minister of Information would be remembered amongst others, for her pioneering and pace-setting roles as Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), during which time, she fought patriotically to bring an end to the fake and adulterated drug syndrome in the healthcare delivery system in the country.

He said as Minister of Information and Orientation, Akinyuli delivered on her mandate with utmost diligence, commitment and a unique disposition, that has placed as one of the best that ever held the reins in that all important Federal Ministry.

Dickson noted that she will be greatly missed by the government and people of Bayelsa State, especially her wise counsel in a number of health related projects and programmes in the state, including the pact on the setting up of the First National Drugs Distribution Center in Yenagoa, to check the selling and distribution of fake drugs in the Niger Delta.

"The Governor prayed for the peaceful repose of her soul and urged her immediate family to take solace in the fact she has left worthy foot sands of time," Markson stated.

- CAJ News

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