Koroma is new FAO Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Nige­ria

Gov­er­nors’ fo­rum gets new Health Co­or­di­na­tor

Daily Trust - - JOBS & CAREERS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Nige­ria Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum (NGF) has en­gaged a new Health Co­or­di­na­tor to run its pro­grammes in the health sec­tor. He is Dr. Ah­mad Ab­dul­wa­hab, an ex­pe­ri­enced Pub­lic Health/ Health Sys­tems ex­pert with over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the health sec­tor both within and out­side the coun­try.

Dr. Ab­dul­wa­hab will func­tion as an em­bed­ded Mr Suffyan Koroma has been ap­pointed as the new Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) of the United Na­tions Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Nige­ria.

Mr Koroma, from Sierra Leone, was be­fore his re­cent ap­point­ment, a Se­nior Econ­o­mist, FAO Re­gional Of­fice for Africa (RAF) in Ac­cra, Ghana. con­sul­tant at the fo­rum’s health sec­tor where the NGF has recorded a se­ries of suc­cesses in­clud­ing get­ting Nige­ria delisted from the group of po­lio rid­den coun­tries of the world.

He has worked with both govern­ment and In­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. He was a Direc­tor of Pub­lic Health in the Yobe State Min­istry of Health; a State

He has over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence with FAO work­ing at its head­quar­ters in Rome, Italy as an econ­o­mist, pol­icy and pro­gramme ad­viser and tech­ni­cal sup­port spe­cial­ist in the ar­eas of agri­cul­ture, food se­cu­rity, trade and com­mod­ity mar­ket de­vel­op­ment with na­tional gov­ern­ments, re­gional eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties and the African Union/Nepad Plan­ning and Co­or­di­na­tion Team Man­ager, Deputy Na­tional Pro­gramme Man­ager and sub­se­quently the Na­tional Pro­gramme Man­ager of the 65-mil­lion Pounds DFID-funded PRRINN-MNCH pro­gramme.

His last assignment be­fore join­ing the NGF sec­re­tar­iat is be­ing the Deputy Coun­try Direc­tor/Pro­gramme Direc­tor Es­sen­tial Medicines, with the Clin­ton Health Agency.

He has also worked ex­ten­sively in Asia and the Caribbean.

Koroma, af­ter sub­mit­ting his let­ter of com­mis­sion to the For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Ge­of­frey Onyeama in Abuja, as­sured that FAO, , would con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the Nige­ria’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery and growth plan, which has agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity as one of its main ob­jec­tives. Ini­tia­tives (CHAI) in Nige­ria. He is also a con­sul­tant to Health In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems pro­ject, based in South Africa on the Global Health Se­cu­rity Health Agenda. He has also worked with sev­eral other pro­grammes man­aged/ funded by WHO, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, NORAD, CIDA, NORAD, BMGF, Nether­land Lep­rosy Relief, World Bank and Global Fund.

Suffyan Koroma

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