The reward of hard work has been described as such that may not come speedily as humanly expected but it represents a crown on the efforts put into a task at the end of the day.
This was the assertion of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, at a reception organized by the Ogun State Health Sector in honour of the outgoing Head of Service, Dr. Nafiu Olatunde Aigoro, in Abeokuta.
The colorful event, which had in attendance an array of top health professionals across all the agencies of the health sector in the state, was also graced by the Body of Permanent Secretaries, friends, family members who accompanied Dr. Aigoro to the colourful occasion, and other well-wishers.
There were performances by dance troupes to spice up the occasion while a photo reel was also featured to reflect the journey of the outgoing the Head of Service in the last 60 years.
Coker mentioned that Aigoro was a pride to the medical professional as he made history with his appointment as the first health personnel to become the Head of Service in the Gateway State.
The Commissioner, who is a fellow alumnus of the premier University of Ibadan, said the outgoing Head of Service had demonstrated hard work since his undergraduate days.
She said that the administrative prowess of Dr. Aigoro helped her to have a good grasp of public service during her early days in office as the Commissioner.
“Fate had brought Dr. Aigoro my way all along. My mother was his French teacher in those days before I met him in the College of Medicine and here in the civil service when he was the Permanent Secretary of the Hospitals Management Board (HMB).
“As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I can attest to the skillfulness of Dr. Aigoro on the job as an orthopedic surgeon. He epitomizes hard work. That is the reason for his historic elevation by His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun who appointed him on November 8, 2021, as the first medical personnel to become the Head of Service in Ogun State, ” Coker said.
Representatives of the Ministry of Health, HMB, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOUTH), Ogun State Primary Healthcare Development Board, Ogun State Health Insurance Agency (OGSHIA), Ogun State Agency Against Aids( Ogun SACA), as well as the Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, old friends from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, family members, among others took their turn to speak glowingly about how Dr. Aigoro had impacted their lives and professional practice.
Responding, the outgoing Head of Service, Dr. Aigoro who was joined by his wife at the event, appreciated the leadership of the health sector for deeming it fit to put the reception together, just as he encouraged the workforce he would leave behind to continue to be loyal to the state government.
The high point of the event was the cutting of the 60th birthday cake while loved ones joined the celebrant on the dance floor.
Dr. Aigoro will officially bow out of public service on March 25, 2023, as he attains 60 years of age.