By: AMAWU, Cletus Albert Amawu.
The Management and Staff of EpistleNews, producers of The Verdict, your voice of conscience on FAD 93.1 FM Calabar, sincerely wish to express our very profound Happy Birthday felicitations to an Amazon, Quintessential, Priceless Jewel, Advocate of Peace, Mother of the motherless, Provider beyond boundaries, Health Innovator, Educator of future Generation, our very Distinguished Lady Hon. (Dr) Betta Edu, Honourable Commissioner of Health, Cross River State and Chairman, Honourable Commissioners of Health Forum, Nigeria, a Happy Birthday.
Dr. Betta Edu, is the youngest Commissioner in the Ayade’s Administration but the most influential in the history of Cross River State in philanthropic reach, charity beyond bound, innovator that has brought the State recognition in the Health Sector reforms both national and international and no wonder this has not gone unnoticed.
EpistleNews, have several times called her attention to the attendant risk on her open embraced to all and sundry, irrespective of class and she will wave it off and opined, “Comrade, my life is in service of humanity and the attendant risk is no fear of mind.”
The magnitude of her accomplishments, both as a political appointee and a philanthropist, are likewise extraordinary: in the last 4 years she has consistently paid tuition fees and provided educational materials for over 5,000 pupils across the State, raised the bar of healthcare delivery in the State, and endowed one of the State’s most significant sectors; the quality of her thoughts and expert delivery has put her a country mile ahead of her peers.
Starting as a Special Adviser to the Governor on Community/Primary Health, she advanced rapidly in less than a year to become the pioneer Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA) and performed excellently well before her eventual appointment as the State Commissioner for Health in 2019.
Since then, Dr. Edu has advanced as the Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum and was recently nominated among 30 others to represent National Council on Health in the Health Sector Reform Committee being chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Although a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Calabar, Dr. Betta Edu is also an Alumnus of the Harvard T.H CHAN School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, England, United Kingdom. She has a great sense of Administrative and organizational skills, an unremitting appetite for cost-efficiencies and a keen eye for innovations as seen in her ability to leverage technology for Healthcare delivery.
Her name has taken residence on the lips and hearts of its citizens through her many exploits, stellar performances, execution strategies, high flying attributes and catholicism of understanding.
On behalf of Management and Staff, I wish you a very Special and Merry Happy Birthday and best wishes in your endeavours. Hence, more to come in good health, prosperity and happiness.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Betta Edu. @dr_betta.
Comrade AMAWU, Cletus Albert Amawu.