Audu rolls out plans to eliminate disease in Nigeria
• Pledges on productivity, hard work as guiding principles
The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, has rolled out plans on how to meet the agency’s mandate of eliminating malaria.
NMEP aims to free Nigeria from the scourge of malaria through leadership and coordination in developing policies, strategies and guidelines that would ensure the delivery of high impact malaria intervention equitably with a high sense of accountability.
Audu, in a statement jointly signed by Deputy Director and Head, Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM), NMEP, Mrs. Itohowo Uko, and NMEP’s Media Focal Person, Mrs. Adaolisa Ezechukwu, said one of his cardinal objectives in office is to increase the drive for productivity and hard work in the National Malaria response system.
“We will strive for the highest level of excellence in staff performance within the National Malaria system to achieve best practice in programming and outcomes. We will also aim for the best deployment of services and resources for optimum impact on beneficiaries,” he said
Audu had served as Director, Medical service Ministry of Health, Yobe State and was transfered to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in 2008. He served as Deputy Director and Head of Case Management at NMEP for three years. He was a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Case Management Working Group.
The new National Coordinator was for another three years the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at NMEP before assuming the position of a full Director and Head of Programme Management, a portfolio that made him the defacto second in command at NMEP.
Audu said he will bring all these experiences to bear on his leadership to “achieve excellence” in the operations of NMEP by bringing the staff of the agency “engineered self-confidence and innovation” by raising their “ability to bring analytical, critical and creative thinking to their work; flexibility and openness to new ideas and ways to achieve goals”
Audu attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, and graduated in 1988 with an MBBS in Medicine. After ABU he proceeded to the prestigious West African College of Surgeon at the Korle – Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra Ghana, for his specialization.