UN honours Abuja Minister

Bala Mohammed, FCT Minister

The United Nations honoured the minister with a Public Service Delivery Excellence Award.

The United Nations, UN, on Thursday honoured the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, with a United Nation’s Public Service Delivery Excellence Award.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Muhammad Sule, this is the first award given to a Nigerian since the global competition started 10 years ago.

The competition is organised by the UN to encourage good governance and improve the standard of living of ordinary persons worldwide.

The contest had 601 entries across the universe and was received through the FCT Millennium Development Goals (MDG) performance on its Mobile Public Health Care programme, MAILAFIYA, at the on-going 2013 United Nations Public Service Forum in Manama, the Bahrain capital.

Mr. Mohammed said that the award is a certification of excellence by the United Nations.

“It is only a sick person that knows the value of health care delivery and FCT Administration would continue to improve on this

achievement in consonance with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, our vision in creating the ‘Mailafiya programme’ is to establish a World Class model of Primary Health Care delivery through an integrated data managed mobile health strategy especially at the inaccessible areas in and around the entire 8,000 square kilometres of the Federal Capital Territory,” Mr. Mohammed said

He said that the ‘Mailafiya programme’ has afforded the FCT Administration the desired opportunity to really reach out to the under-served like the rural poor; adding that Mailafiya is now an household name in 336 communities of the Territory who have been enjoying this quality service as 85,000 patients have enjoyed from its four years of existence.

In all the categories, there were 43 African winners from six countries: Nigeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.

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