By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) Chapel in its quest to encourage public officials to rise up to their responsibility of serving the people, has chosen the Medical Director of Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital Kaduna, Prof. AbdulKadir Musa Tabari as the NNN Personality of the Year in recognition of his selfless service and commitments in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Kaduna State and beyond.
The premium Kaduna Teaching Hospital named after a pioneer Medical practitioner from Northern Nigeria , Barau Dikko has been in the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
While presenting the plaque to Prof Tabari on Thursday October 22, 2020, Chairman of NUJ, New Nigerian Chapel, Comrade Nicholas Dekera said the head of the Kaduna hospital emerged overall winner of the award after a painstaking assessment and rigorous exercise by a special panel of independent professionals from medical, law and journalism profession who according to him, examined public service entities across the state vis-a-vis their commitment to duty, adding that Prof Tabari came first in this category.
Comrade Dekera noted with satisfaction the selection of the medical professor who he acknowledged as a thoroughbred professional, describing him as a sticker to ethics and regulations of the medical profession, who he said had votes of confidence from his staff and patients.
Dekera acknowledged the new and impressive look of the hospital which was established as a Nursing home in early 1930s by Colonial administration of the old Northern Region strictly to cater for medical needs of their family members.
On his part after receiving the award, Prof Tabari dedicated the plaque to all staff of the hospital whose commitments to duty he disclosed as overwhelming, saying his achievements were made possible by the dedication of members of his management team and the entire staff of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital.
“I must express my gratitude to NUJ, New Nigerian Newspapers who found me worthy of being recognized among others.
“I was only doing my best in discharging my responsibilities to ensure the safety of Kaduna residents from the pandemic which has devastated human activities globally, unknown to me I was being watched and assessed.
“I have always allowed my deeds to speak for me. It has been my simple philosophy of life to allow others to blow your trumpet for you because they are in best position to voice satisfaction or otherwise concerning your job of service delivery to the people.
“I assure you this award will serve as an encouragement for us to do more in health service delivery to people of Kaduna State,” he said.