- Dr Fatima Atiku, the daughter of the PDP presidential candidate (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said her tenure under ex-Governor Bindow of the APC was memorable
- Ms Atiku said her role as health commissioner under the APC government gave her the opportunity to make positive impacts in the state
- The former health commissioner added that she might not reject Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s invitation to serve in his (PDP) government, if extended
Dr Fatima Atiku, the daughter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has described her tenure as Adamawa commissioner for health under immediate past Governor Muhammadu Bindow as memorable.
Ms Atiku was one of the technocrats Bindow appointed to help his administration transform the health sector of Adamawa.
She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, May 30, in Yola that her tenure brought about the formulation of Adamawa Health Policy, Health Insurance Scheme, Cancer Registry for the control of cancer scourge, among other initiatives.
“The four years was full of experiences and quite memorable; it was my first time of occupying public office and I learnt a lot of things through my interaction with a lot of people and organisations.
“I feel very fulfilled that I was given a chance and my impact was felt by the people of Adamawa,” the ex-commissioner said.
Ms Atiku, who dedicated her salaries for the four years she served to support some health programmes in the state, said she might not reject Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s invitation to serve in his government, if extended.
“It is something I have to think about; if not for anything but for the interest of the public,” she said.
NAN reports that while Ms Atiku stayed back, some serving commissioners left Bindow’s government when her father defected from APC to PDP and emerged as its presidential candidate.
But Ms Atiku, who attracted many interventions from health organisations and international donors to the state health sector, explained that she was not a politician.
She fielded questions on backdrop of scrambles and intrigues by interested persons, including politically exposed individuals, angling to be appointed as health commissioner by Fintiri.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, encouraged Nigerian children to never lose hope in their country, whether or not they live here or in the diaspora.
The former vice president gave the advice in a statement issued by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, for the 2019 Children’s Day celebration scheduled for Monday, May 27.
He reminded the children that they were the future of Nigeria.
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