The Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Shehu Usman Adamu, has officially been decorated as Fellow of African Institute of Public Health Professionals (AIPHP).
The investiture for the fellowship award took place on Friday, June 18th, 2021 at the Conference Hall, Faculty of Health Science, NOUN Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.
AIPHP Registrar, Ayodele Bankole James, who performed the investiture, stated that the award of fellowship on the dean was predicated upon his contributions to public health and safety of mankind.
“We are here today to decorate Prof. Shehu Usman Adamu with fellow of the institute, pay a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Femi Peters to thank him for his immense support and intimate him of the forthcoming International Conference, which will be jointly hosted by AIPHP and NOUN,’’ James said.
According to him, the African Institute of Public Health Professionals (AIPHP) is a continental assembly of healthcare professionals of diverse disciplines and cultural identities bonded with the determination to reduce the burden of diseases, thereby promoting health and well-being in the continent.
With strong membership presence spread across African countries, he added, “we are driven by shared commitment to promote public health professionalism, collaborative scientific research, shaping health policy agenda, and strengthening of healthcare systems in Africa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
The institute, he said, has been existing for the past six years as it was first registered in Accra, Ghana and later in Nigeria, having enjoyed a strong membership presence in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
In his response, the recipient, Prof. Shehu Usman Adamu, expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to the institute for finding him worthy of the fellowship award and to other fellows who were present to felicitate with him.
He also appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Femi Peters, for his unalloyed support to the department that lead to the award.
“I dedicate this award to VC for his support to FHS. I also wish to inform the council of the institute that I will try as much as possible that I will do things that will promote the image of the institute and the general public health in the country.
“I shall do more now that I am a fellow of the institute to see that health sciences, particularly public health, which is my area of specialization, receives the attention it requires for the betterment of mankind not only in Nigeria but the world at large,” he said.
In the same development, the institute also paid a courtesy visit to the VC to intimate him of its 3rd Annual International Public Health Conference, scheduled to hold in September, which will be jointly hosted by AIPHP and NOUN.
The Vice-Chancellor, in his response, stated that NOUN is ready and willing to assist in the international conference, “we are ready to partner with bodies who mean well and willing to sacrifice. We are delighted you choose us to partner, we are ready and willing to offer assistance we can.
“We want to assure professional bodies that NOUN has a mandate and the mandate is to improve skills and knowledge of students that are coming on; we are ready to partner with bodies,’’ he added.
While turning to the fellowship award, Peters said “I am happy for the award the institute has bestowed on you. It calls for more diligence, more hardworking especially to the growth of the faculty, which of course is needed.
“I will sincerely ask you to continue with the good works you have been doing. I want to thank you again for honouring Shehu, who is a shining star amongst us in the university.”