The Authority Icon: FIDELIA AKUABATA NJEZE
For adroitly demonstrating that both pharmacy and politics represent arenas of service and proving to Nigerian and African women with her life story that gender is no barrier to success through hard work and planning, Ambassador (Mrs.) Fidelia Akuabata Njeze is The AUTHORITY Icon.
By dint of discipline, hard-work and uncommon focus she rose to the top of her professional niche and also proved her mettle in the political arena by serving two presidents and earning recognition and honours by an appreciative society. Meet Ambassador (Mrs.) Fidelia Akubata Njeze.
Njeze was born on 8 June 1964 in Enugu State and acquired her secondary education at Girls High School Awkunanaw, Enugu. Subsequently, she went on to earn a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. After her internship followed by National Youth Service with the National Orthopedics Hospital, Enugu from 1990 to 1991 she became a Pharmacist with Chinors Pharmacy in 1992. She was Managing Director of Gredel Pharmacy from 1996 to 2007. In 2004 she was appointed a member of the Enugu State Health Services Management Board to help transform the health sector of Enugu State.
Moving forward, she was appointed Minister of State for Defence, in July 2007, after being nominated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. On December 17, 2008 she was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture and Water Resources after a major cabinet reshuffle by the late President. Like a golden fish which has no hiding place, she was appointed Minister of Aviation on 6 April 2010 by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan after he took office. On Saturday, 5 March 2011, during the 23rd convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) the university awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree to Njeze conferring on her Doctor of Management Technology.
She has also been recognised by various professional bodies most of which are in the pharmaceutical sector. These awards stem from her quality performances in the different national assignments she served in. She was simply an outstanding ambassador of her profession - and remains so. Some of her numerous professional awards include - The Ambassador of Pharmacy Award by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (National) in 2007, Pharmaceutical Excellence and National Service Award by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in March 2009, Fellowship Award by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) Ghana in March 2009, Professional Service Award by UNN Alumni Association Abuja branch in 2010, Distinguished Alumnus of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences UNN in April 2012.
She was appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on the June 12, 2012 by former President Goodluck Jonathan. On September 4, 2012 Ambassador Fidelia Akuabata Njeze proceeded to present her Letters of Credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. She also presented her Letters of Credence for accreditation to Liechtenstein on December 14, 2012.
The enormous experience which she has garnered over the years in public service has made her a valuable asset to the country and her home state. This earned her membership in the 15-man Economic Advisory Committee (EAC) setup by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on June 21, 2015. About a year ago, she was reappointed chairman of the Governing Council of the Enugu State College of Education (Technical) by the governor.