Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has described the appointment of Dr Ijeoma Akunyili, daughter of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, as the Chief Medical Officer of the Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility, in the United States of America, as well- deserved and not surprising.
In a congratulatory statement by Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, and made available to newsmen by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NiDCOM, Abuja, the former member of House of Representatives, said the appointment of Ijeoma did not come to her as a surprise knowing the kind of training she received from her late mother, a disciplinarian to the core.
Dabiri-Erewa said Nigeria is proud of Ijeoma for her wonderful feat, which was due to her dedication, resilence and excellence at work.
She implored other Nigeria youths to be inspired by the achievement of Dr Ijeoma Akunyili, thus bringing positive image to the country.
Dr Akunyili, according to a statement released on the official website of the centre, is the first African American medical professional to serve in the role.
Speaking on her appointment, Ijeoma was quoted as saying “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the residents of Hudson County and continuing to provide safe, innovative, efficient, and equitable care.
“It is a true privilege to lead the clinical effort at Jersey City Medical Center and to create sustainable health outcomes for our community.”
Dora Akunyili who died in 2014, served as the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC) from 2001 to 2008 and was later appointed Minister of Information and Communications.