AJANI TAKES OVER AS PERM SEC IN TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY…Says Services Critical To Socioeconomic Development

Oru Leonard

The new Permanent Secretary deployed to Federal Ministry of Transportation in Nigeria, Dr. Magdalene Ajani has called for  efficient and effective service delivery in the transportation sector as it is critical to the socio-economic development of the country.

In a release signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Eric Ojiekwe the Permanent Secretary made this call today during the handing over ceremony between her and the Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Husseini Adamu on Monday, August 31, 2020.

According to her “the Ministry has a critical role to play as services we provide or fail to provide affects every Nigerian,” calling on all to Cooperate in the realization of the Ministry’s mandate. She also charged the Directors to gear up for hard work, adding that it is now time to think outside the box; to do things differently to achieve better results.

On the issue of the digitalisation policy of the Federal Government, the Permanent Secretary encouraged the Ministry to fully embrace the initiative as doing so will enhance service delivery while emphasising on the need for all staff of the Ministry to be computer literate.

Earlier in his remarks, Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Husseini Adamu, noted that the Ministry looked forward to her assumption of duty as she would provide the direction needed to move her forward.

Speaking on behalf of other Directors, the Director, Human Resources, Mr. Awwal M. S. pledged their readiness to work with her towards repositioning the Ministry.

Ajani who hails from Agbor, Delta State, holds MBBS degrees from the University of Benin and FWACS from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.

Dr. Ajani started her working career with the Lagos State Health Management Board in October 1992 as a Medical Officer. She worked and went through several trainings and rose to the post of Consultant Ophthalmologist in 2001.

She joined the Federal Government Service in March 2006 as the first full time Consultant Ophthalmologist in the State House Medical Centre. She rose to the position of Director in January 2013.

As a passionate and dedicated Ophthalmologist, she encouraged and built a formidable eye care team with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists with specialisation in different fields of eye care.

Dr. Magdalene Ajani was one of the pioneering Consultants and medical specialists in the Centre. She encouraged and mentored her younger colleagues to medical specialisation. She was Chairperson, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital from 2008 – May 2010. As chairperson, Dr. Ajani advocated for good work ethics and efficient service delivery.

Her continuous drive to acquire knowledge has taken her to local and international professional courses in Kenya, Austria and USA among others.

She is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and Glaucoma subspecialist of International Council of Ophthalmology. She also has certificates in Management from Crown agents, Worthing (U.K), and Leadership & Management from University of Washington (USA).

In her quest to give back to the society and her love for humanity and the underprivileged, Dr. Ajani volunteers her time/services as the Lead of Fountain of Joy & Comfort Foundation (NGO). The Foundation provides free eye care/surgery, maternal & child health and education to the less privileged in FCT & its environs, Delta and Imo States. Over 20,000 people have benefitted under the Foundation.

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