Despite the #EndSARS protests borne out of the agitation to showcase the brutality of the Nigerian Police, Chief Superintendent, Catherine Ugorji has remained a beacon.
1st News reports that Ugorji who is serving with the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been selected by the UN as one of two runners-up for the UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award for 2020.
This achievement by Ugorji was announced via a statement by the National Information Officer of the UN System in Nigeria, Oluseyi Soremekun, under Secretary-General of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
According to Soremekun, Ugorji exemplified the best of UN policing; through her words and actions.
Of the 1,300 UN policemen deployed in UN peacekeeping operations; twenty-one were nominated for the award.
The year’s winner, Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia, serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); would be presented the award during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, November 3.
However, the UN Police Advisor, Luis Carrilho, congratulated Ugorji for being chosen as a runner-up and described her leadership of “three Formed Police Units (FPU) in Gao” as remarkable.
According to Carrilho, the Nigerian introduced tactical operations that have been instrumental in reducing crime; in support of the Malian security forces and the host population.
“In addition to this very demanding role, Chief Superintendent Ugorji has worked diligently; to improve living conditions for women police officers so they can serve safely and with dignity,” Carrilho said.
She was also Child Protection Officer and Divisional Crime Officer up to Acting Deputy Commander of the Ogudu Police Division in Lagos.
CSP Ugorji joined the Nigeria Police in 2003; and served as a Criminal Investigator from the local to the regional level.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, October 30, revealed the Federal Government would do everything possible to tackle doctors’ “brain drain” from the country.
Ehanire made this disclosure during an inspection of the new cancer centre at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The minister said: “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria; and make such migration unattractive.”
Ehanire further revealed the hospital performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country; and pledged that the government would do everything possible; to ensure that doctors prefer to remain and work in the country.
On the new cancer centre, Ehanire advised the hospital management to spend wisely; properly maintain the facilities when completed and seek alternative sources of funding.
He praised the hospital administrators for its prompt services to patients; and advised them to prepare for a possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.