The World Health Organisation (WHO) Coordinator in Borno state, Dr. Musa Audu Idowu has bagged the 2018 ECOWAS Youth Parliament Icon of Humantarian service award for his contribution to the healthcare services in the country.
Idowu , a Medical Doctor cum philanthropist, had at various times served in Jigawa, Abia, Kebbi, and Benue states, before he was deployed to troubled Borno State. In all the states he had served he marked himself out through massive contributions to community development service and humanity.
He was conferred with the award in Maiduguri during the week by a delegation of ECOWAS Youth Parliament (EYP) which was led by its Vice President, Ambassador Olasunkanmi Kolawole.
Reading Idowu’s citation, the EYP Director of Gender Affairs, Miss Oluwadamilola Kehinde, said the award was in recognition of the recipient’s unanimous contirbution to community develpment and humanity in areas such as : donation of essential drugs for all the 12 health centres in Ekiti local government area of Kwara state.
She also said the award was in recognition of his support to the antenatal care in Ekiti local government area of Kwara state with maternal laboratory kits like haemoglobin strips to test blood level, Albustics for urine test, weighing scale to monitor maternal and foetal growth as well as donation of antenatal drugs to all the health centres .
She said: “Other philanthropy gestures that got Dr. Idowu the award include: Eye Care support for the less privileged between 2012 to 2013 where a total of 214 people benefited from the free eye services comprising 71 surgeries and distribution of 143 lenses among others. The eye Care program was done in collaboration with Kwara state sight savers organisation.”
Recieving the award, Dr. Idowu said he took up the philanthropy role he is playing now from his role model, the late Abubakar Olusola Saraki , the former senate majority leader in the second republic.
He added that the award came to him as a surprise because he never knew that his activities is being monitored from outside Kwara state, noting that the honour done to him will spur him to extend his gesture to more people.
He said: “The need to contribute to my Community is what has led me to be honoured with this award. So I want people to know that touching people’s lives is not only when we become extremely rich, but from the little one has, he can also contribute to his society. Even when one is religious, the best way to worship God is to use what He has given you to be a blessing to others.”
The Borno state Commissioner of Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia who witnessed the award described, Dr. Audu Musa Idowu as a hard working man who has demostrated this ability in the state.
He appreciated ECOWAS Youth Parliament for being able to gather ECOWAS Youth under one umbrella for unity of the region ,and congratulated the recipient for the honour done to him.
” Doctor Idowu is a hard-working man in whom you have made the right choice . I congratulate the recipient and urge him to work hard and render more humanitarian services to the people,” Dr. Mshelia said. End.
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