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Ex-NAFDAC DG, Dora Akunyili Is Dead

A former Director-General of NAFDAC and one-time Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili has died in an Indian hospital.

Age Fifty nine, Professor Dora Akunyili, died after two years battle with cancer.

Born on fourteenth July, 1954 in Makurdi, Benue State She attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where made first class in pharmacy in 1978 and PhD in 1985.

The deceased was elevated to the rank of professor of Pharmacology in October 2000 by the University of Nigeria, where she taught for many years.

She was Director-General of NAFDAC between April 2001 and 2008 and Minister of Information and Communication between December 2008 and December 2010.

She anchored the Re-branding Nigeria Project driven by the slogan, Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation.

Professor Akunyili served the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in various capacities, notably as the National Vice-President of Association of Lady Pharmacists from 1992 to 1995.

She was also President of the Enugu State Branch from 1992 to 1998 and was appointed Chairman of West African Drug Regulatory Agencies Network in March 2006.

Professor Akunyili was also the Vice Chairman of the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force in November 2006.

She left government in 2010 to contest election for Anambra Central Senatorial seat on the ticket of All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Until her death, Professor Akunyili was a delegate at the National Conference.

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