A Kano-born medical doctor, Laila Umar Ibrahim has emerged as the 2018 best performing staff at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The “best performing staff” award tagged ‘Professor Shehu Umar’, was introduced by the NPHCDA as a way of rewarding staff who exhibit “extraordinary commitment and selfless service.”
Commending the awardee at a special ceremony held at Emir’s Palace, Kano on Thursday, Executive Director of the agency Faisal Shuaib described Mrs Ibrahim as “a strong staff who excelled in working with government institutions and development partners to improve service delivery in primary health care.”
Mr Shuaib, a medical doctor, said the award was conceived to appreciate the selfless contribution of the agency’s staff towards attainment of the NPHCDA mandate.
He added that Mrs Ibrahim played a significant role in the newly established National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC).
In his remarks Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II described Mrs Ibrahim as a perfect example of success in his campaign for girl-child education.
Mr Sanusi said he hoped Mrs Ibrahim’s success would encourage other parents to allow their female children to receive good education while husbands would also allow their wives to participate in public service.
The monarch also thanked the agency for initiating the award and called on others to follow suit.
On his part, the awardee’s father, Umar Ibrahim thanked the management of NPHCDA for recognizing and rewarding his daughter’s effort.