By Aminu Dalhatu
Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani has expressed sadness over the death of foremost public servant Mama Dora Maude Miller-Akanya.
A Statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mohammed Lawal Shehu Says the deceased died at the age of 90.
Governor Sani said late Mama Dora Maude was an astute public administrator, teacher and Commissioner of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and in whose honour, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health complex is currently named.
Governor Sani described Mama Miller as one of the earliest icons of female empowerment in Nigeria, who rose to the pinnacle of her career as a public servant, due to her sheer grit, diligence and incorruptibility.
“Mrs Dora Miller Akanya and her late twin sister Mrs Mary Jummai Jarma were born in Zaria in 1933 and attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria”
Mrs Miller-Akanya served in several capacities in the civil service such as adult education officer in the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment of the old government of Northern Nigeria, Principal Government Girls Secondary School, Minna, in 1967.
“Commissioner in the newly created North Central State in the same year; a position that made her the first woman to be appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner in Nigeria at the time”
She also served as Commissioner for Health and Social Welfare,after which she returned to the Kaduna State Ministry of Education,where she retired in 1980 after 27 years in the public service.
Governor Uba Sani who extended his deepest condolences to the family, called for prayers from well-meaning Nigerians for them during this difficult time.