FROM DRIVER TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILLOR: The Story of Labaran Aduga, a Transport Officer at ARFH
Labaran Mohammed Aduga has been working at the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) for a decade as a transport officer, until his community approached him to bring his experience as a health development worker to the fore.
Mr Aduga, who hails from Huni Gade in Kuje Area Council, Abuja, worked with many teams at ARFH on several projects fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, becoming very knowledgeable in issues related to primary healthcare, reproductive health as well as family planning.
He heeded the call of his people, contested and won the councillorship election in April 2016, to represent Gudun Karya Ward in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Being in the field for about ten years, and lately, with the ‘Expanded Social Marketing Project in Nigeria (ESMPIN) of ARFH, Labaran Aduga plans to focus on infrastructure, provision of health facilities and maintenance of good health in communities in the Kuje Area Council.
He said: “Working with ARFH built my capacity, and my people called me due to the experience I was showing them in our villages, and by God’s grace, I have already won election.”
“I will like to help my people in terms of roads, health, primary healthcare, vaccines; elimination of diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, and prevention of HIV. I will like to submit a proposal to ARFH to assist my community, because ARFH is the number one NGO in Nigeria!”
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