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Zulum Appoints Netherlands Trained Medical Doctor To Head Healthcare Agency

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By Gbenga Akingbule.

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Thursday, appointed a Netherlands trained Medical Doctor, Lawu Auta Mshelia as Acting Executive Director,  State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA).

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Gatekeepers News reports that in the same vain, the Governor also appointed Engr Abba Kyari, as General Manager (GM) of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB).

Both appointments were contained in press statement issued in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital, by the Special Adviser to Governor Zulum on Media  and Strategy Mallam Isa Gusau.

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Dr. Mshelia, a 60-year old public health specialist who hails from Hawul Local Government Area in Borno State will be replacing Dr Goni Abba at the Primary Health Care Development Agency.

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The Agency’s outgoing Executive Director, Dr Goni Abba, is to assume a new office as Director of Public Health at the Borno State Ministry of Health, which is the office Dr Mshelia is leaving, Gusau explained in the statement.

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Mshelia holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Royal Tropical Institute, KIT in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

He holds MBBS from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, after attending Federal Government College Odogbolu in Ogun State.

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An author of research publications on some infectious diseases and other aspects of public health, Dr Mshelia has attended courses with certificates on different aspects of public health at countries in Europe, East Africa, West Africa and South-Central Africa.

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Dr Mshelia has in addition to his routine responsibilities at the Ministry of Health, chaired and served as member of several committees which bothered on public health care over the years.

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As for the 58-year-old Engr Kyari who hails from Guzamala Local Government Area of the state , he is moving from being director of electrical engineering at the Ministry of Housing and Energy to becoming GM of REB, following retirement of the former GM, Engr Jacob Taru Katambi in February 2022.

Kyari, a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, he holds a Bachelors Degree (B.Eng) in Electrical Electronics from University of Maiduguri and a National Diploma in Electrical Electronics from Ramat Polytechnic. He attended Government Day Secondary School, Monguno and Monguno Central Primary School.

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The new GM has gained substantial experience from over 30 years of services from his earliest position as Assistant Technical Officer and later Chief Technical Officer at the former Ministry of Works and Housing from 1990 to 2007 before he became director of electrical engineering services at the Ministry of Housing and Energy in 2007.

Governor Zulum congratulates the new appointees and urged them to give their very best to the service of Borno people.

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