By Musa Abdullahi Sufi
The death of Auwalu Abdu Fagge is a huge loss in Kano and Nigeria’s Health Sector. He is among the most hardworking, committed, result and community-driven to mention but few.
I have known Alhaji Auwalu for about 15 years and I can confirm he is very religious, honest, patients, supportive, simple, mentor an excellent social and individual behaviour change maker.
He was an exemplary advocate and respects everyone regardless of their cadre, gender, religion or cultural inclination. He doesn’t complain and every time he is cooling tension.
His work in the Ministry of Health and the Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board (SPHCMB) impacted so much in people’s behaviour change in accessing understanding, valuing and improve healthcare services.
His fight against COVID-19 is remarkable. He worked tirelessly including heading and serve as secretary in some committees. His timely and comprehensive reports of events and activities will be greatly missed.
I spoke to him a few weeks ago with the plan to visit him today Friday, but the Almighty Allah who love him the most, has called him making the purported visit impossible.
My condolences to his family, Commissioners that served in the Kano State Ministry of Health and all his directors and program officers, the Executive Secretary of the SPHCMB, his directors and all officers, COVID-19 task force at all levels including risk communication, all health parastatals and agencies heads, directors and officers, NCDC and traditional institutions etc.
The condolence also to development partners and CSOs team like WHO, UNICEF, TCI, CHAi, SFH, BMGF, Lafiya, Dangote Foundation, Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation (AAG-Foundation), BUA Foundation, Maries Stopes, AMMKaS, KansLam, Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) among others.
Alhaji Auwalu died as a result of his efforts to save the lives of people, in the line of duty. May his soul rest in Jannatul Firdausi, Ameen.
Dr Musa Abdullahi Sufi writes this tribute from Kano, Nigeria.