The African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) has conferred a Pan-African Distinguished Leadership Honor Award on the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele as an Icon Of Medical Development In Nigeria. The award was presented to him on Thursday in Yenagoa, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the health sector and his unique leadership style that has ensured efficient service delivery in the State Health sector. The Speaker of the Parliament, Mr. Kewul Mensah-Abel in his remarks described Dr. Igwele as a detribalised Nigerian who is passionate about the development of the state and nation, and praised him for his decision to remain in the country and build the health sector. The Speaker who was represented by The Director of Programme, Comrade Ozim Temple, from the Federal University of Technology Minna, praised his public health management, free medical outreach programme to communities and contribution in the fight against COVID-19 which made Bayelsa one of the states with the least infection rates and casualties. He further solicited for the partnership of the Health Commissioner in their fight against drug abuse in the country, saying it is a vehicle to crime and needs to be eradicated. On his part, the Majority Leader, Hon. Kwasi Faustin from the University of Cocodi, Abijan, Ivory Coast, said the Commissioner’s immense contribution to healthcare was noticed and brought to the floor of the parliament which was endorsed by all during a conference held at the University of Ghana. He noted that the ASUP is the umbrella body that covers 54 member countries and aims at creating harmonious coexistence among member states, encouraging pan-africanism. While receiving the award, Dr. Igwele said he was humbled by the honour bestowed on him, noting that his watchword has always been service to humanity, placing the health of Bayelsans and Nigerians as top priority. He thanked the Governor, Senator Douye Diri for entrusting him with the Ministry of Health and pledged his tireless commitment to ensure that health care in the State is efficient and excellent. He also assured them of the ministry’s readiness to partner with them to achieve set goals, and advised them to remain focused in their respective fields of study in order to make the Nigeria and Africa proud. Highpoint of the event was the presentation of the award and a medal to show the Commissioner has become a lifetime member of the Parliament.