The annual Dr AbdulAziz Anako Fache (DAAF) Memorial Merit Awards for the best reporters in both Print and Electronic Media have been instituted in Abuja.
In a released signed by its Media Adviser, Onche Odeh, it said entries for the two categories of awards ,which carry a monetary prize of N250,000 for each beneficiary, will take effect from March 2024 while the award ceremony will hold in September next year.
The Fache Family instituted the annual merit awards to immortalise its illustrious son and seasoned medical practitioner who died tragically of cardiac arrest on 22nd September, 2022 at the age of 53.
Immediate older brother of the deceased and retired Director of Public Affairs (NAFDAC), Dr Abubakar Jimoh, announced the memorial merit awards at a lecture and award ceremony organised by Association of Nigeria Health Journalists ( ANHEJ) to honour him after 30 years of meritorious service at NAFDAC.
Dr Jimoh said the annual merit award was instituted in honour of Dr Fache to promote hardwork, dedication, diligence, and excellence in health reporting in Nigeria.
He said, ” Dr Fache was a multi talented scholar, seasoned medical doctor, Lawyer and Author of Literary works. This award will help reduce pain, shock and irreparable loss of the rare Gem.
” A concerned friend of Fache Family, Hajiya Memunah Aliyu, fprmer Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Limited, has donated N500,000 to this cause and the awards fund will continue to increase as more donors have made pledges”.
President of ANHEJ, Mr Joseph Kadiri commended the worthy efforts of the Fache Family and urged other Well meaning Nigerians to emulate this kind gesture.