By Eval Asikong
Youth have always hoped for the birth of an era where they will be allowed to control the affairs of their own generation. Today, the successful birth of that era has been midwifed by a veteran, an inventor and a professor, as amongst other youth, the youngest Special Adviser, ever, in Nigeria has been appointed by a governor christened, “digital governor”.
Dr Betta Edu, a young lady of distinguished intelligence, intimidating achievements and credentials from Cross River state, is the youngest Special Adviser to the Governor, appointed to head the the Cross River State Government Department of Community and Primary Healthcare, a move that heralds a promising future.
Dr. Betta Edu, who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health in developing countries from an internationally reputable London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is also an ambassador of the state of Arkansas, United states of America.
Her zest for humanitarian service pushed her into the University of Calabar to study Medcine and Sugery, a programme she completed in 2010.
Sequel to her exceptional performance as a Student’s Union Government Vice President, she was nominated and selected through a rigorous process in which she emerged amongst the four that represented Nigeria in a leadership course sponsored by the Government of the United States of America. Her excellent performance was the reference point at Spring Language International Center, University of Arkansas where she underwent the study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs(EAC), (Summer 2009). This opened her track to international tours and studies.
Dr Betta Edu has worked as Locum Medical Officer; University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River state; House Officer, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State; Chief Medical Director, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Cross River State Camp Clinic; Medical Officer, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), serving at Government House Clinic, Calabar, Cross River State; Health consultant, Ministry of Health, Government of Cross River State, Nigeria; Team-Lead Member; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Alumni Fund Campaign team; Consultant to the department of community and primary health, Cross River State and the Secretary of Health/Medical Committee in the 2015 Cross River State People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Campaign Organization and currently, the Special Adviser to The Governor of Cross River State on Community and Primary Healthcare.
Dr Betta Edu, humane, resourceful, forward thinking and humble, believes success indeed comes from God.