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NPHCDA, Partners Laud Ex-ED’s Accomplishments

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and its partners came together to celebrate the tenure of the agency’s former executive director from 2017 to 2023, Dr. Faisal Shuaib.

The valedictory party, held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, gathered serving and retired directors, as well as members of staff who shared their testimonials about Faisal’s impactful leadership.

In a touching tribute, the special adviser to the president on health, Dr. Salma-Anas Ibrahim narrated the inspiring journey of Shuaib, portraying him as a dedicated individual who overcame challenges to make a significant impact on healthcare in Nigeria. Salma shared the story of Shuaib’s commitment during a health crisis in Bornu, highlighting his determination to face challenges head-on and deliver vaccines to children.

Salma remarked, “Faisal’s commitment to supporting the community and delivering vaccines to children struck a chord with me”. She emphasised their collaborative efforts, from travelling through villages to deliver vaccines, to Shuaib assuming the role of executive secretary at the agency. Salma expressed joy at Shuaib’s appointment, underscoring his passion for serving vulnerable populations.

Representing serving directors in the agency, the director of research and statistics, Dr. Abdulahi Garba commended Faisal’s accomplishments during his tenure. He highlighted digital initiatives and policies that positively impacted staff, such as salary augmentations and annual palliatives. Garba bid farewell with gratitude and well wishes for Shuaib’s future endeavours.

In his poignant farewell address, Shuaib expressed profound gratitude to colleagues, partners, and supporters who gathered to honour his seven years of service. Shuaib redirected the spotlight to the dedicated staff and partners at NPHCDA, emphasising that their collective efforts were the driving force behind the agency’s achievements.

Acknowledging the sacrifices of his family, especially his wife, Shuaib thanked schoolmates, friends and mentors whose contributions coloured his life. Recognising individuals for their support, he singled out Salma and the WHO country representative to Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi. Shuaib’s emotional address was a testament to the profound impact of relationships formed throughout his professional journey.

The event included the cutting of cake, presentation of awards and testimonials from retired directors and other stakeholders who attested to Shuaib’s goodwill. The celebration marked the culmination of Shuaib’s leadership at NPHCDA, leaving behind a legacy of dedication to public health and the well-being of Nigeria’s youths.

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