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Roseline Agogo celebrating hard work, humility, exceptional brilliance at 60
By Onoriode Etatsemi
STORIES were told of people across the globe after their deaths either good or bad. Sincerely it gladdens my heart each moment I heard of people which good things are being said about them, especially when they are still alive.
Roseline Ufuoma Agogo, the former Director of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health Asaba was also the former Principal, School of Midwifery, Amukpe Sapele. She is still very much alive when the world sang her praises recently on her 60th birthday celebrations.
Prof, Omo-Aghoja, the Provost, College of Medicine DELSU, Abraka, Delta State while extolling the sterling qualities of this icon of our time, Roseline Agogo who is fondly called (Rotarian Aunty Rose ) by her admirers at the (TOSENAT ARENA) Sapele main hall, venue of her 60th birth day reception, said, “Roseline epitomise humility, God-fearing, hard work and dedication to duty.”
Prof Omo-Aghoja who was the chairman of the epoch making event which attracted the who and who in the society, said” in 2003, myself and Agogo ran a medical programme where we had seminars, workshops lectures etc, for our target audience. To my greatest surprise, her resilience, hardwork, sincerity and commitment to our common goal gave me the courage to forge ahead on that programme.
At the end, we succeeded and we achieved our dreams.”
The Professor of Obstetrics Gynecology added, “in my entire working career, I have never seen such a noble, intelligent personality like this woman before now. She does her duties diligently, carefully without blemish while carrying everyone along with all dexterity.”
Roseline Agogo who was filled with joy all through the event, commended everyone who despite their tight schedules, find time to attend, affirming that, the birthday programme came to her as a surprise since she never planned for it more importantly since often time it was her children, siblings and others around that usually remind her whenever her birthdays approches.
She told the bewildered crowd of persons who came all over the world to attend that the entire process was arranged by her daughter and siblings.
She said in all her life, “I did not know that the little effort I have put in place to help humanity is been noticed. Yes I am encouraged to do what I am doing for people despite my retirement from public service, because I have passion for humanity as a child of God. The large turn out of persons here today shows I am loved by the people. God helping me further, I will continue to use the rest of my life on earth to continue with the good legacies I have already created for myself ”
A lecturer from the Department of Nursing, Delta State University Abraka, Mr Charles Oloriegbe who read her citation, said Roseline Agogo, is a Nurse/Midwifery Educator. He said she was born in 1959 at Otefe Oghara her home town. In 1966-1972 she had her primary education at Bishop Crowder Primary School, and in 1973-1977 she attended Chude Grammar both in Sapele.
In 1978-1981 she had her Nursing education in the school of Nursing, Benin City and in 1983, she became a registered Nurse/Midwife. As soon as she gained admission into the School of Nursing, her civil service career started where she displayed all round academic excellence all through her studies in the School of Nursing/Midwifery, wining so many awards for academic and clinical performances.
In 1989-1991, she was enlisted for training as Nurse anaesthetist due to gross shortage of anaesthetist in the Hospital Management Boards. She emerged the best graduating student in her set.
She practiced as a Nurse -anaesthetist for 2 years, and was posted to School of Nursing Warri in 1993 due to lack of teachers, when most of the lecturers hard gone back to Edo State following the creation of Delta State. Later in that year, she went to UCH Ibadan for tutorial courses for 2 years with special interest in Midwifery Education.
By 1995, she became a Midwife Educator and by the year 2000, she was made the Principal, School of Midwifery Amukpe Sapele, a post she held for 12 years before she was posted to Nursing Department, Ministry of Health, Asaba as a Director of Nursing Services, Delta State.
While serving as a Director of Nursing Services, she was appointed member of the board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and was subsequently sworn into office under President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.
She was instrumental to the return of accreditation to the three schools of Nursing in Delta State, School of Nursing, Warri, Agbor and Eku after three year of de-accreditation.
She is retired, but not tired. She is popularly called worker holic by her colleagues and co-workers.
A lover of knowledge and always encouraging people around her to update themselves. She is full of ideas that the younger ones can tap from if they want to excel.
She is a graduate of Nursing from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus with Bsc Nursing and about to complete her course work in MSc Nursing/Family Health under Cerhi University of Benin.
She lectured as adjunct in Delta State University (Department of Nursing ) Abraka for more than a decade and has been preparing students for council examination in Midwifery at Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State.
She has won so many awards, including Stewardship award for devotion to growth of Nursing profession, Merit award for contribution to development of Midwifery and EMEW award for contributing to the development of Midwifery in Delta State.
Nurse Rose is not just a Nurse, but a nurse par excellence. She is God fearing and a practical Christian. She was trained in Redeemed Bible School where she bagged a diploma in theology, and has also attended several schools in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) where she is presently.
An Evangelist and a lover of charity. She is a Rotarian.
Her daughter, Jennifer Ogoh who enveiled her NGO at the event, said of her mother, “My mother is a woman, one in a million whose type are not many to come by. She is the first to comfort me, the first to teach me, the first eye to see me, she would be there for me. You are the most beautiful and amazing mum. I will aways love you my dear mum”
Jenny told the people that her Foundation, (Grace Magbaje Memorial Charity Foundation) was enunciated to remind her of the memory of her beloved grandmother who watered her at infancy till adulthood.
She said “I always remembered vividly how my grandma cuddles, pet and fed me when her daughter my mother (Roseline ) is always at work, as she strived so hard to do all within her capability to give me the best in life, never minding whether if my real mum was there or not”
She explained further that, “Our organisation is aimed at assisting young ladies especially the single mothers and widows cut across the women folks so that they can start up their own businesses and be dependent on themselves when there are no further assistance from others”
Ogoh who is based in the United States of America, added that the” goal is to see that the young girls/women are independent and less dependent on men for their daily sustaince, we are doing this so that the incidents of prostitution that has plaquered our society could be reduced to its barest minimum if not eradicated”
She explained further, “I started this women empoweredment programme since May this year which incidentally is the month I was born. I decided to commence it on May to remember when I came to planet earth. On my birthday this year, l empowered 8 ladies with twenty thousand naira each.”
She continued, “After that I tried hard each other succeeding months as I equally work hard to empower at least two women in the month of June with 70 thousand naira and 100 thousand naira respectively and in July 2 ladies got between 60 and 30 naira also ”
Jenny concluded that “I had this dream a very long time ago that God helping me, I would float an NGO of this nature with the purpose of putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged ones, especially in Sapele where I grew up and know the challenges confronting our people before I left for the United States.”
In his testimonies about Evangelist Agogo, Apostle Felix Oghenero, said,”She is a blessing to our generation; I and my family call her big mummy. There was a time in my life and ministry I did not have anybody who supported me financially in Sapele, so I started praying asking God to give me some one who can support me. Since I met Evangelist Roseline Agogo, she has played a very big role in my family and ministry. She is born again, faithful and her yes is yes, while her no is no. She does not trivialise something that is important.
She appointed me as the Chaplain in the State School of Midwifery Amukpe, Sapele when she was the Principal of the school. She is a good counselor”
Engr and Mrs Churchil and Evesi has this to say of his darling sister, ” It fills our heart with joy to celebrate a woman of great value, a loving mother who cares and hold her children together. You have been strong, brave, courageous, kind hearted and loving, caring so much for your own with much tenderness”
Mr Oloriegbe Charles, Retired Principal School of Nursing Eku, added his voice as he said,”You stand out among the 1978 April set of the State School of Nursing, Benin City where I remember with nostalgia, your high intellectual capacity and friendly mien. You did not disappoint us as you got to the peak of your career as Director of Nursing Services in the Delta State civil service before your retirement”
He continued, “Your students in the department of Nursing, Delta State University have not ceased eulogizing you over your academic prowess, especially in the areas of maternal and child health nursing, precisely Midwifery”
He concluded as he stated, ” As I join your admirers and your teaming mentees to celebrate you at 60, my family and I wish you more years of service to humanity as you enjoy good health and prosperous years ahead”.