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The Guild of Medical Directors of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to immortalise the late Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh by declaring August 19 a national holiday every year in her honour.

Dr Adadevoh, who worked with the First Consultant Hospital in the Obalende area of Lagos, died on August 19, 2014, in her attempt to prevent the spread of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

On Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of the Abuja chapter of the guild, Biodun Ogungbo, released a statement urging the government to honour the late doctor.

The statement titled, Remembering Stella Adadevoh, reads: “It is said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friend.

“The most tragic part of her passing is that she couldn’t be given a proper burial, and with all the respect that her sacrifice demands.

“The very bug that cut her down is so virulent, so unforgiving, that even that honour was deprived of her.

“She had put her life on the line for 170 million of her fellow citizens, many of whom do not even understand the concept of what it means to be a citizen.

“The very least that Nigeria can do in appreciation, is to honour her.

“The Guild of Medical Directors of Nigeria and other medical associations honoured Adadevoh in their small capacities in the past. We gave awards and plaques and foodstuff to the hospital. It’s not enough.

“Nigeria should declare August 19 each year a national holiday and in her name.

“That way, some Nigerian children in six decades (time) can ask their parents, ‘Who is Stella Ameyo Adadevoh?’ And the parent can reply, ‘That woman saved my life, and the lives of all of us’.

“It is the least we can do. It is the least we should do. She should never and will never be forgotten.”

 

 

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The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has inducted the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Dr. Stella Adadevoh, and wife of Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

The centre said this was in the tradition of keeping records of the wives of heads of states and presidents.

The Director-General of the Centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta, spoke in Abuja during the induction ceremony of 22 female icons into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

Ekpere-Eta added that the late Kudirat Abiola, who was brutally murdered at the peak of the struggle for June 12, Dr. Adadevoh, who died while saving the country from the widespread of the deadly Ebola Virus topped the list of the 22 inductees.

She said there was need to celebrate the achievements of Nigerian women considering various barriers which limited them from attaining success, adding that such women had paved way for the success of today’s women.

Dr. Stella Adadevoh

Dr. Stella Adadevoh

”The hall of fame features a comprehensive display of records of women from the pre-colonial days, who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal wars etc, but since 2007, no woman has made it to the hall.

“The Hall of Fame provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the unlimited potential of women in Nigerian society,” Ekpere-Eta said.

She assured Nigerians that the induction would be held every four years to ensure that women were adequately captured in the Hall of Fame.

Ekpere-Eta said the selection was done on merit with documented proofs and assured that modalities, which included quest for excellence, integrity and other positive attributes were the ingredients considered for the selection.

The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who was represented by her Senior Special Adviser, Mrs. Hajo Sani, advised the inductees to mentor the younger generation to serve as legacy.

”It is the collective responsibility of women to continue to work in their different areas of specialisation toward contributing to nation building.

“I urge women to continue to operate in transparency, modesty, honesty and integrity which are core values of this administration and to contribute to next generation of women leaders,” she said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the Hall of Fame would be a tourist centre for foreign nationals and diplomats who visited the country on official assignments.

She said the Hall of Fame would be one of the official places of call because it had added to the Nigerian story with women as major catalyst to national development.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Vintage Garba Masi, who were the first females to represent two states in the senate were among the 23 inductees into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

Other inductees included Hajiya Maryam Sanusi Dantata for Women and Youths empowerment, Flt. Lt. Blessing Liman, first female military pilot, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, first female judge of the appeal court, Dr Stella Adadevoh, for saving Nigeria from the spread of the Ebola virus, among others.

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