2 Days to the Future Awards 2010- Who Will Win Nigeria’s Excellence In Public Service?

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Abraham Braimah Idokoko?
Dr. Abraham Idokoko was born in 1983 and primarily works on clinical care of patients in hospitals and health centres where he is employed – which is primarily with The Lagos State Health Service Commission at the General Hospital. However, beyond this primary duty, and amidst a packed schedule, he has still gone out of his way to initiate, participate and volunteer for the delievery of free expertise clinical healthcare services to people in disadvantaged circumstances in rural Nigeria and across the West African coast, especially, women, children, the elderly and occasionally, refugees. He also works to promote safe motherhood practices among rural women within the reproductive age group; cardiovascular health education and screening towards preventing diseases and promoting healthy living among the elderly and middle-aged group in semi-urban settings.

Abraham works currently as a community medical officer in a rural primary health centre at Orin-Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area in Ekiti State, Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps; where he also leads the Health & Medicals Community Development Service Group. While there, he has worked as a volunteer medical officer with the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF) in delievering free medical services to the rural people of Ara-Ikole Ekiti and Are-Ekiti villages, Ekiti State, Nigeria for 3-days each lasting March 27th – 29th, 2009 and June 12th – 14th, 2009, respectively.

He is collaborating with policy makers and community leaders in Ido/Osi Local Council Area in Ekiti State to implement some of his novel initiatives focussed on delivering essential primary healthcare services to the people, especially the reproductive age-group women, children and the predominantly elderly population, in their communities through laudable heath education and screening campaigns amidst the prevailing unfriendly political climate and lack of sponsorship.

His mandate is clear, the people especially children, pregnant women, adolescent and the aged must have universal access to quality essential healthcare, free or at minimal direct cost to them, where ever he goes. Hence, he sponsored and launched the on-going ‘ANTENATAL CARE PLUS CAMPAIGN’ in Ido/Osi Local Government Area in June, 2009. He equally volunteered as an Electoral Poll Clerk with the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the recently concluded governor-ship re-run election in Ekiti State, Nigeria on Saturday, 25th April, 2009.

Abraham has been a volunteer all his life in service to his immediate community though, the clinical healthcare service dimension was born barely over 8years ago. November 2008, he was a volunteer medical doctor with the Nigeria Christian Graduates Fellowship (NCGF) & Africa Vision Tract House that delievered 2-weeks free healthcare services to the people of Calaba Town, Waterloo and other Freetown rural neighbourhoods in Sierra Leone from November 4th to 11th during his quarterly 10-day leave as an intern. www.ncgfafricavisiontracthouse.org

He has worked with numerous development and policy-change organizations on national and international projects in many capacities. He was member of the management team of the Nigerian chapter of the Network for Youths and Adolescents of Africa (NAYA) and also, HIV/AIDS Prevention and care (HAPAC) project step-down officer with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria in collaboration with PPFA-I & the NACA (national agency for control of HIV/AIDS). He is also Co-director of the Save Children Now initiative that is committed to the online promotion and defence of child rights globally (www.savechildrennow.org). Dr. Idokoko serves as an advisory programs director with the Nurses Across the Borders Humanitarian Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria (www.nursesacrosstheborders.org).

For his work, he got a Recommendation from the office of the Supervisor for Health & Executive Vice Chairman, Ido/Osi Local Government Area, and Ekiti State, Nigeria in September 2009and also a commendation for outstanding community development service from the Office of the Ekiti State NYSC Coordinator in October, 2009. Earlier in the year (2009), i was nominated as first among ten others for the maiden edition of the African Union Volunteer Youth Corps Award 2009 for my volunteer clinical care services. Award is yet to be presented.

Jerry Uchechukwu Eze?
Born in 1982, Jerry was from November 2008 – April 2009 as a communications specialist with the World Bank Project on HIV/AIDS, working on Behaviour Change Strategy Development, Pre-testing and Post-testing, Initiating and Implementing the minimum Prevention care package for Men who have Sex with Men, Creating Support for Government and Government Institutions on Impact mitigation, creating, developing and Initiating the first Rural Approach in stepping down Interventions on Strategic Behaviour Change on HIV/AIDS, and providing technical assistance to NGO’s,CSO’s, FBO’s implementing on HIV/AIDS.

From April to date, he has been media associate with the United Nations Population Fund, developing all media strategies in enhancing UNFPA’s programming areas namely Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender, providing technical back-stopping in the annual Observances of the United Nations for the implementing states, discovering and documenting all Best Practices in the programming areas and create visibility for it, developing the first ever Programming Guide for Communication issues for the UNFPA, Co-ordinating all production and dissemination of IEC materials under the National Execution principle, Providing technical backstopping for all Behaviour Change Communication Programmes at the zonal office, and creating the weekly UNFPA radio programme for the zone and also provide content for it on a weekly basis based on core programming principles.

His impact in the past year includes a documentation of the Ebonyi Maternal Mortality Experience, providing technical back-stopping to South South and South East States on SBC and Visibility Challenges, ongoing development of the first ever Communication/Media/Visibility Programming Guide for UNFPA Nigeria with the CSOs, and domestication of the National BCC strategies for the World Bank Project on HIV/AIDS. Also, members of the John Hopkins University documented my work in the National Behaviour Change Strategy Document as a Best Practice in working with Men who have Sex with Men.

His awards include the Sparkling Youth Award (Presbyterian Church Nigeria) 2009, Youth Supporter of the Year (Ajuwaya Awards) 2009, and the Staff of the year at his former duty post.

Jegede Oluwatoyin Enitan?
This 31 year old works in service delivery in the area of electric power consumption (measurement and billing) for the University of Lagos, working towards ensuring a steady income generation process.

Despite her physical challenge, since assuming her present post, testimonial from staff and students in the engineering department show that she has helped bring sanity to the metering system in the University of Lagos. A lot of bad debts were recovered ( made over 17 million with team in first 7 months in office) and so the University is able to manage its electricity consumption. This is a problem the school has been battling with for a long time i.e. not being able to recover electricity debts from commercial customers on campus.

Emmanuel Ishie Etim?
Born in 1980, Emmanuel is an international civil servant. He works as an International Public Policy Analyst and Youth Expert within the United Nations Population Fund; Office to the African Union (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as Technical Assistant to the department Human Resources, Science and Technology Division of Human Resources and Youth. His specific mandate includes amongst others to develop and manage at Inter-governmental levels; infrastructures and mechanisms that guide(s) member states of the African Union to implement the AU Decade on Youth development in Africa 2009-2018 as an expression of the African Youth Charter.

Burning with a passion to change the landscape of gerontocratic adjectives that has been used to limit the visibility and contribution of young people in the delivery of public oriented services, his duty station is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the United Nations Population Fund’s Africa Regional Liaison Office and the African Union Commission Headquarters are located. In 2008, he was issued a contract for a Senior Manager Mandate (P3 Stp 9) UN International Scale. This was the result of the quality and professional excellence I had exhibited in the delivery of my duties within a highly Adult-driven system of complicated diplomatic interactions and complex demand in human relationships which could be challenging for inter-generational cooperation;

Within the last year, he has delivered 12 key outputs and in the last 6 months administered over $600,000 with no deficit and with the acclaim of top management of a new spirit in the work of the agencies programme on youth across Africa. He is also providing ‘pro bono’ service to the Nigerian Embassy in Ethiopia in its diplomatic engagements especially in the youth sector with the AUC/ECA.

His recent contract for 2010 was issued at a P4 stp 5 UN International Scale. This is a Senior Policy Position at the International level of Public Services and this puts him on a salary scale of over N13million per annum equivalent at current Naira-USD exchange rate. He has also been able to serve in many high-level boards and missions. For example, he is currently on the Africa Advisory Board of the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) based in Cape Town South African for two-years Term of Office. He is also being considered as a member for the International Health Partnerships-IHP+, as a youth representative. The IHP+ is a consortium of African Health Ministers towards the effective and efficient delivery of the Health Sector Reform Strategy in developing countries through a North-South Collaboration, delegate

In the past year, he has been Delegate at the UN Committee on Development and Information Systems (CODSIT 1) Addis Ababa, was organiser of African Youth Leaders Strategy Review on Youth Volunteerism, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2009; organizer of the Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Donors Conference on the African Union Youth Volunteers Initiative, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 2009; chair of the UN Regional Bureau African Youth Technical Working group on the development of a Statistical Database and Composite index on Youth in Africa for the African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2009 – September 2009; and African Representative to Call to Action Committee; Workshop Resource Person and Plenary Speaker at the 10 years Review of the UN Programme of Action on Population and Development, Berlin, Germany, August-September 2009.

He was also part of the European International NGOs Networking meeting and partnership development for Africa, Latvia, September 2009; the Technical Exchange and Mission to the ECOWAS Secretariat and ECOWAS Youth and Sports Centre in Burkina Faso September – October 2009; the Technical Exchange and Mission to Southern African Development Commission (SADC) in October 2009 and the board meetings of the World AIDS Campaign Africa Regional Programme, South Africa, August, October and December 2009. H is also a member of the International Steering Committee, 2010 African Regional Conference on Sexuality

Ngozi Iheukwumere?
Born in 1979, the nature of Ngoz’s public service is community development, involving the sensitistion and screening of secondary school students for a back deformity known as scoliosis. This she began after working at the University of Illorin Teaching Hospital, where she was until July 2009. According to her, “I do this in order to encourage young physiotherapists to carry out voluntary services of this type especially during their service year.” Her vision is to spearhead the establishment of Nigerian Society of the Spine which is applicable in other developed countries.

Because of her, many secondary schools in Kwara State now appreciate the need for school screening programmes for this back deformity known as scoliosis and providing physiotherapy treatment for those in need of it.

Amongst other things, she also presented papers during clinical meetings on the outcome of my work which my employers can attest to, also the Kwara state NYSC recognised her work and honored her with the State Honours Awards. Her work was also nominated for the NYSC National Honors Awards.

Isa-Modibbo Fatima Zara?
The 26 year old doctor primarily works HIV positive pregnant women. She runs a program called Prevention Of Mother To Child Transmission Of HIV/AIDS, which is presently in the north central cone of the country, covering 5 states, Niger, Kogi, Nassarawa, Kaduna and FCT. He works with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Abuja in the community health department as the medical officer. In her work, she supervises 32 hospitals in rural areas at the 5 states previously mentioned, counselling, testing, providing drugs, training health workers etc

Amongst other things, she runs a pro education foundation called Magnolia that mentors underprivileged kids, give free school lessons and orphanage visits, and is an associate of The Nigerian Leadership Initiative. She is currently on a project to start up character clubs in Nigerian secondary schools.

Alliyu Abdurahman Muhammed?
Born in 1978, Aliyu works with government’s investments in the private sector, which Abuja Investment- Commercial and Investment Arm of Abuja(Real Estate & Infrastructure) that reviews project proposals for the development of the federal capital territory.

His major influence is in the construction of public toilets in Abuja. He also helped create the asset management for the company.

Iorfa Tor-Anyiin?
The 26 year old doctor is a missionary involved in medical outreaches that has visited 5 villages this year like Kasar (Katsina Alar), Chibok (Maiduguri), Tambo (Jire Local Government Area of Adamawa State), Chigori (Fufure Local Govternme of Adamawa State) e.t.c. He works with the Federal Medical Service, Makurdi and is presently doing his post graduate medical study in the Department Of Medical Service Makurdi.

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