Anambra State Government Immortalised NAFDAC Former D.G, Prof. Dora Akunyili

As part of the resolution passed by the Anambra State house of Assembly to Immortalise the former Minister of Information and National Orientation. Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili, the Governor  of the State has named the Women's Development Centre Awka facility after  the late Icon.
Addressing the mammoth crowd that came to grace the unveiling of the edifice, Governor Willie Obiano said it would be a symbol to immortalising her in recognition of her outstanding historic services to the nation.

(L-R) Dr Chike Akunyili, widower of the late Minister of Information and Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State unveiling a plaque to commemorate the renaming of the Women Development Center, Awka to Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka.
The governor observed that the departed NAFDAC boss liked to stand alone on justice, truth and equity which led to the salvation of Nigeria in the build up to the controversy that surrounded late Yar'Adua's succession.

Speaking from academic perspective, the Vice-chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Joseph Ahaneku appreciated God for the life of Dora Akunyili and charged Anambra women to emulate the starling qualities of the fake drug fighter in all their undertakings in order contribute meaningfully to nation-building.

He urged women researchers to ensure that their research works have relevance and visibility as exemplified by Prof Akunyili in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she studied and taught.

Responding, the husband of the deceased Dr Chike Akunyili said immortalising his late wife by Anambra government was the highest honour done her from her own state.

According to him, Igbinedion University Okada named her Pharmacy School as Prof Dora Akunyili College of Pharmacy and also named her biggest female hostel after her; Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka , he said, named her big hostel after Dora just as Onyeka Onwenu's National Council of Women Society named their big hall after her.

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor presided over the memorial service while the former Minister of Women Affair, Iyom Josephine Anenih proposed for the establishment of Dora Akunyili study centre across Nigerian tertiary institutions to help explore the leadership qualities of the departed amazon on womanhood.



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