Ondo 2020: APC Appoints Young Party Member, Obinna Ebirim As Member Of Reconciliation Committee

The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Dr. Obinna Ebirim as a member of the party’s eight-member National Reconciliation Committee for Ondo State.

The appointment is in line with the party’s determination to resolve the festering crisis within the party in the state as announced by the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Dr. Obinna, a party stalwart from Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State is to replace one Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, who had been earlier announced as a member of the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello-led Committee by the Acting Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena. 

Recall that Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, former Executive Director (ED), Finance and Investment of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), was among those suspended indefinitely by President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 to date.

With the inauguration of the Committee, it is expected that the members will commence reconciliatory processes among aggrieved members of the party at all levels.

Other members of the committee include Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (Chairman), Senator Adamu Aliero; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; Gambon Magaji, CON; Hajiya Binta Muazu; Hon. Iquo Inyang and Mr. Shina Pellar who is to serve as Secretary.

Dr. Obinna is 34-year old medical practitioner, public health  and health promotion specialist and vaccine advocate in Nigeria. Currently, he is the National Coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organization conducting Conditional Cash Transfer-based intervention to raise demand for routine immunization in North West Nigeria. He has previously worked on international donor-funded immunization advocacy and health system strengthening projects in various States of Nigeria and FCT. 

A Fellow of Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and Former Member of Board of Governors of Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Dr Ebirim is interested in equitable vaccine access and sustainable health financing, primary health care system strengthening and leadership in Nigeria.

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Story Of Nigeria Doctor, Young APC Member On How He Worked As Kitchen Assistant In UK To Make Extra Money Goes Viral

The story has emerged of how a young member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Obinna Ebirim, took a part-time job as a kitchen assistant in the United Kingdom to cater for his make extra money while schooling.

Although, Ebirim was trained as a Medical Doctor at the University of Port-Harcourt, however, laws guiding the medical profession in England forbids him from practicing unless he undergo training at one of the nation’s approved institutions.

The Public Health Enthusiast, who also served as a former personal assistant to Commissioner of Health in Imo state, stated: “The picture and story they won’t share on #SocialMedia about studying in the United Kingdom: If you are unqualified to practice your profession here or not on scholarship like me, then you might have to take up a Part time Kitchen Assistant job intermittently, like I did today, to add some extra quid to your pocket.

“The funniest part of the job today, was when the boss in the kitchen consulted me to explain why you don’t take antibiotics for common cold (although it’s not a common cold here like in Nigeria). After I moved the stuff on the viral pathology, he asked me, “boy what are you doing here” and I answered, “I’m not licensed to practice medicine in the U.K.” #DignityOfLabour #Humble #BeingReal.”

Ebirim, is currently doing his Master’s programme at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.


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