Although the coronavirus pandemic negatively affected lives in Nigeria for the most part of 2020, the pandemic has its positive side, one of which is that it turned out to make some public servants in the country popular even to the point of being household names.
Legit.ng through this piece takes a brief look at the lives of four Nigerian public servants who became prominent in 2020 as a result of their immense contributions to the federal government's fight against the spread of the virus.
1. SGF Boss Mustapha
A graduate of Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979, Mustapha doubles as the secretary-general of the federation and the chairman of the PTF.
Mustapha plays the critical supervisory role in the PTF. Since his appointment to the office by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020, he has been one of the pillars of the team, especially in the area of administration.
2. Dr Aliu Sani
Having obtained his MBBS degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1993, Sani worked as a medical officer at State House Clinic till he went ahead to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1998 for a postgraduate programme at Imperial College, London.
Year after his appointment as the director-general of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Aliu was made the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19 in the country in 2020.
Owing to his vast experience in the medical field, Sani heads the team which oversees the government's responses to the virus in the country, advises it on best practices and makes crucial suggestions in the policies to be adopted.
3. Health minister Osagie Ehanire
Coincidentally, Ehanire was appointed the minister of health by the president the same year the virus broke out in Wuhan city of China, 2019.
Right from when he began his work in this capacity, Ehanire could be said to be one of those who have truly sweated it out to halt the devastative effects of the pandemic in Nigeria.
The minister has been working closely with the PTF in the terms of proposing necessary steps to be taken by the government to help Nigeria deal with the challenge while adhering to professional and global standards.
4. NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu
The name Chikwe Ihekweazu is not strange to many Nigerians in and outside the medical field for obvious reasons.
Ihekweazu has been one of the frontliners in the government battle with the virus. Among other duties, he oversees the training of medical personnel for testing, an aspect of the COVID-19 war for which the government through the efforts of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) can be applauded.
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Source: Legit Nigeria