From Tom Garba, Yola
Commissioner of Health in Adamawa State, Dr. Fatima Abubakar, has pledged to translate her private sector experience into health sector transformation in the state.
Abubakar gave the assurance on Monday while addressing staff of the ministry on her assumption of office as commissioner in Yola.
Abubakar, who is the daughter of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, said she was aware of the dilapidated structures and ill-equipped health infrastructure in the state.
According to her, “I have been informed of outstanding staff claims and shortage of skilled manpower in the ministry.”
She assured that her office would collaborate with development partners to address such inherent challenges confronting the sector.
Her words: “I have been briefed by the Permanent Secretary on some challenges being faced by the ministry, ranging from dilapidated and ill-equipped health infrastructure across the state. I have been also informed of the outstanding staff claims and shortage of skilled manpower as well as shortage of office accommodation for staff of the ministry and development partners.
“I am more than ready to blend my diverse experiences in the private sector with yours and our development partners towards achieving our desired goals in this direction.’’
The commissioners said her vision was to build a standard infrastructure that could stand a taste of time in the state.
Abubakar appealed to the staff of the ministry not to be discouraged by the situation they have found themselves at the moment.
According to her, “my leadership is determine to ensure that the slogan of `change’ was realised at all levels. I want to emphasize that my modus operandi will be to build a standard infrastructure that can stand the taste of time, synergy, collaboration and cooperation among the stake holders.
“We will strive to secure and sustain a highly vibrant, skilled and motivated manpower for the health sector. My leadership of the ministry and indeed Governor Jibrilla Bindow’s administration in general are determined to ensure that the slogan of change of our great party is realized at all levels. This is because we have the solutions to the current problems.’’
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Mahmud Abubakar, urged members of staff to support the new commissioner to achieve her vision of transforming the sector.
Mahmud eulogised the staff of the ministry for their cooperation during his leadership, urging them to extend the same to the commissioner.
He pledged total loyalty of the ministry and commitment to serve the present administration in general and the commissioner in particular to achieve the vision of the administration.
Abubakar, reported at 10. 15a.m. at the Ministry of Health at the state secretariat.
Abubakar is the first commissioner to assume office. She is among the 22 commissioners who were recently sworn in by Governor Bindow.