By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
An award for contributing to good governance, peace and security in Nigeria has been given to Adamawa based medical doctor, John Steven by Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).
Steven’s outstanding works made him to bag the prestigious Award of Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador (SDG-Ambassador) 2021, given in recognition of the many contributions to peace in Adamawa State and environs, ravaged by Boko Haram.
His award came at a time Peace Corps is decrying killings, invasion, kidnappings and all forms of banditry In many parts of Nigeria, suffering a lot of security challenges in many Northern states.
While presenting the award in Abuja, Dr. John’s citation read that, “the devastation of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of Nigeria and later his motherland of Michika, John founded Janna Health Foundation (JHF) in 2012 to contribute towards alleviating the sufferings of widows, orphans and vulnerable children that were the product of the insurgency and other security challenges in the area.”
Steven’s citations also read that, “his area of expertise (Tuberculosis, HIV, Leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases) were areas of focus for JHF. Today, JHF has put smiles on thousands of widows, orphans and vulnerable children while implementing different projects that targets Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Nomads across 5 of the 6 North Eastern States.”
Dr John told newsmen shortly after the award that his non-governmental organisation has been rendering help to widows and homeless people affected by Boko Haram.
He said every year he ensured that he provides clothing, food and other necessary items to those ravaged by insecurity.
“Areas like Madagali and Michika where insecurity has ravaged, I try to help bring succour to the people, especially widows, children and others. I also help people suffering from TB.
“For the past 20 years as a medical doctor in the North East, I have been doing my best to ensure people affected by the activities of Boko Haram find succour and comfort,” he said.
Having witnessed the devastation of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of Nigeria and later his motherland of Michika, Dr. John founded Janna Health Foundation (JHF) in 2012 to contribute towards alleviating the suffering of widows, orphans and vulnerable children that were the product of the insurgency and other security challenges in the area.
In his welcome address, the National Commandant of PCN, Prof. Dickson Akoh, lamented the sustained and repressive attacks by way of invasion, killings, pillaging, kidnapping for ransom and rape by bandits on educational institutions, especially secondary schools in parts of the country.
Speaking at the walk against incessant invasion and kidnapping of students in the educational institutions held in Abuja, where the award was presented, Prof. Akoh said the insecurity, which is getting to its peak, deserves the immediate attention and action by all relevant institutuons of government, social organisations and people of goodwill to address headlong.
He charged stakeholders to secure the nation’s institutions of learning from further attacks by the marauding bandits.
The PCN commandant said that the students being kidnapped, raped, maimed and killed may not be our biological children, brothers or sisters, but they remain the hope and future of the nation.