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Government holds valedictory session for Akunyili

12 June 2014, 15:31

Abuja - The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday in Abuja, held special valedictory session in honour of late Prof. Dora Akunyili, former Minister of Information.

Akunyili, also a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), died in an Indian hospital on June 7 while undergoing treatment for cancer.

At the solemn meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, council members took turns to pay glowing tributes to the late NAFDAC boss.

They condoled with the president, family of the deceased and the entire Nigerian women over the loss.

In his tribute, President Jonathan described Akunyili as “very upright, courageous and a role model per excellence to young Nigerians and the women folk in general.’’

He said “the first impression I had of Akunyili was the way she dressed as a typical Nigerian. I first met her when I was Deputy Governor in Bayelsa.

“She was a very upright woman. When she was Minister of Information, she was very courageous. I believe so many young ladies would emulate her exemplary life.’’

The President added that Akunyili made a huge impact as director-general of NAFDAC and her re-brand Nigeria programme as Minister of Information remained a national reference point.

Vice-President Namadi Sambo described Akunyili’s death as a great loss to the country, describing her as “a patriotic and dedicated Nigerian.’’


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