Dr Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, First Lady of Niger State, is a reputable medical practitioner who has proved her worth in no small measure in the field of public health. A medical expert, she has attended various national and international conferences to further enhance her medical intellect. She had wanted to be a lawyer, but destiny has a way of directing the life of human beings.
Born in 1973 in Benin City, she attended Federal Government Girls College in Bakori, Katsina State. Having performed creditably well in her school certificate examination, she proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for her first degree in medicine. After the completion of her study, she did her residency at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH). Not resting on her oars, Dr. Amina went ahead to bag her master’s degree in Public Health from Liverpool University, UK. Over the years, she has not only shown her class in the practice of public health, but has also proved her sagacity in the administrative circle.
She respects every person that comes across her no matter his social status. She believes in excellent performance and recognizes such efforts in individuals who prove their hard work. Apart from rest of mind that she is proud to be born with, she is a peace loving woman since her childhood days, though sometimes she looks like a wounded lioness that is ready to step on toes in order to bring solution to problems affecting the society no matter their difficulties. She is the type of woman who loves challenges, because according her life it is very challenging.
Besides her leadership prowess and qualities, Amina is unlike others; she is very friendly; humane, simple in driving desired goals, open and generous to all humanity without considering where you come. She harps on people’s experience or ideas, a peaceful orientor who is always ready to listen to people born with talent to advise her on how to come out with strategies on taking mothers and their children to stardom. Having listening ears made her a force to reckon in a short time. Dr Amina Bello has through her pet project, RAISE Foundation, given succour 63 Vesico Vaginal Fistula VVF and 1,029 cervical cancer victims who undertook surgeries at her expense, just as she also empowered over 1,500 women in rural areas. She sponsored 1,145 women to be screened for breast cancer in the three senatorial district of the state. The breakdown of the surgeries shows that 19 VVF surgeries were done in Kontagora General Hospital, 30 in Umaru Sanda Ndayako Hospital, 10 in Minna General Hospital while 4 victims were referred to Katsina Fistula Centre for treatment.
She renovated a 20-bed ward at Kontagora General Hospital for the treatment of VVF patients. The Press Secretary to the wife of the governor, Aisha Wakaso added that “More attention was given to women in rural areas of the state where 650 women out of 1,145 were screened in collaboration with 5th Chucker Polo and Country Club during the breast cancer awareness month in 2015. 304 women were screened during the breast cancer awareness week 2016, 80 during a medical outreach at Anfani village in Mashegu Local Government, 50 during a medical outreach at Rofia in Agwara Local Government, 30 at Gbajibo during medical outreach while 31 women were screened at RAISE Foundation screening centre.
She said out of those screened during the breast cancer awareness week in 2016, 15 tested positive with 13 of them being referred for mammography and 9 requiring surgery, saying only 6 of those who were referred for mammography needed biopsies which Dr Bello paid for while two who already had advanced cancer were referred to Shika, Kaduna State.
Greatness is eventually judged not by the length of days, but how one has been able to use his time on earth to make meaningful contribution to the life of others around him. If Amina is named the most influential among her contemporaries in the country one might not be wrong. If she is regarded as sage, silent achiever or hope of hopeless or architect of development why is it so? What did she do that was different or what were others doing that she had done differently to create a niche for herself in the chronicles of this life.
In her visit at female and paediatric wards at the General Hospital, Minna, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello said as a consultant gynaecologist, she would want to contribute to the treatment of women in the hospital.
She said, “My visit is to see how I can contribute to the society. That is what I do. I see pregnant women, I see women with problems, I operate on women on caesarean section; that is what I intend to do as my own contribution. The hospital should expect better services.
“I would like to contribute my own quota, visit some of these women, spend time with them, helping with their surgeries and deliveries.
“I also need to see how the premises, where I will render my services, looks like. And I am very happy because the environment is so clean despite the old structures”.
The governor’s wife, however, decried the inadequate bed space in the hospital.
“It is too small. In a place where you have 600 deliveries, you have only 20 beds? It is not encouraging”, she added. The Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, Dr. Makusidi Muhammad, commended the governor’s wife for her input and readiness to contribute her own quota.
He also disclosed that the rate of infant and maternal mortality in Niger State has reduced.
The tremendous success recorded by her pet project under the stewardship of her husband was instantaneous, was not because there were enough resources thrown into it, but because the vision was clear, the need was obvious, the reason was cogent and the hour was ripe.
Amina is a complete human being, a woman with good character, helpful, very courageous, obedient, very resourceful in fact there are no adjectives to qualify her, she was very patient, very tolerant and she had a good foresight, very wonderful, one who had the desire of transforming the life of rural dwellers through her ability of taking them to greater height.
Erudite medical practitioner is a quintessential diva. A diva is a woman who can take care of business, successfully run her home and still be available to friends and family that needs her. Such a woman is faithful and loyal and not afraid of letting others into her world. In short a real diva is divine, inspired, victorious, and anointed for a special purpose, because there is that special thing that sets some people glowing apart from others. That certain special difference, that quality is always hard to define because it is a tantalizing mixture of so many things. My observation on Dr Amina Abubakar Bello is that she is a woman who knows who she is and is not afraid to let the world know it through her self-service to down trodden in the society.
Dr Amina’s humane posture and welfarism began right from her days at the primary school where she associated herself with poor children. She assisted them and interacted with the lowly place in the society in spite of her privileged position and by so doing she was loved by all and sundry since her childhood. This, according to investigations conducted by this writer, informed her direct access to people and how she handled issues affecting them.
Her humility and simplicity has further endeared her to the people and guided her brand of leadership and politics in the society. A strong advocate of rural women empowerment, maternal/child health and participation of women in politics she is a patron to many associations. A precious mother and virtuous wife, who transverse the earth like a colossus, not only was she is inestimable to Dr Abubakar Bello, the Executive Governor of Niger State and her adorable children, she was invaluable to humanity, more especially to Nigerians who shall forever relish the enduring legacy she bequeathed to us in all the places she work to date.
Visionary and highly intelligent woman, she was full of ideas, very caring person with a pleasant disposition, and full of kindness, amiable, hospitable and ever vivacious. She come across as detached and straight faced Amazon of high magnitude; she combines the rare attributes of beauty, brains, charm and elegance. She is friendly, warm and appears on top for her brief. Even now her hazel eyes still mesmerized, her charm is enchanting and her grasp and articulation of issues impressive, she is indeed Nigerian’s Diamond of inestimable value when it comes to rendering service to humanity through her expertize profession which many believes was in her blood.
Niger State is not only lucky to have Dr Abubakar Sani Bello as a governor but they are equally lucky to have a woman of all seasons as a mother.