DR. MRS IPALIBO HARRY BANIGO
Born on December 20, 1952, to the Harry family of Obuama in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State,
Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Banigo started her formal education at the Maryhill Convent Primary School, Iwo Road, Ibadan in 1958 and concluded it in 1963.
Young Ipalibo Harry attended the prestigious Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos between 1964 and December 1968 and returned to the same institution from 1969 to 1970 for her higher school. She obtained Division One in her West African School Certificate Examinations in 1968 and Distinction in the Higher School results in 1970.
She attended the University of Ibadan, University College Hospital where she obtained the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and thus qualified as a Medical Doctor in June 1976.
Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo as a woman of Excellence attended first rate institutions in all her professional career. She was in Harvard University School of Public Health and obtained a Master of Public Health Degree in June 1981. She also attended the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she obtained the Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Health (D.I.H) in 1990. She capped these with a Diploma in Dermatology again from London University in July 1992.
Armed with these academic laurels, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo’s doors to success opened wherever she appeared. From the Registrar of Births and Senior Medical Officer- in- charge, Port Health Services, Rivers State; 1st July 1981-31st December 1984. She was appointed Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. She became Principal, Rivers State School of Health Technology, Port Harcourt between 2nd January 1985 and February 11th, 1994. Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo was appointed Director Public Health Services, Rivers State Ministry of Health and Social Welfare February 1994- December 1995.
She became Acting Commissioner for Health and Social Welfare, Rivers State Government December 1996 to June 1997. She has been Director-General, Rivers State Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and eventually became Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on April 2, 1998.
This Lady of Excellence and complete dedication to public service became Head of Service of Rivers State from May to October 1998.
The ultimate crown on her public service career came with her appointment as Secretary to the Rivers State Government from October 5, 1995 to July 5, 1999. Even on retirement, Dr Banigo continued to give professional service. She was appointed Public Health Adviser, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (East) in 2000 and was also Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and later Secretary to the Board of that Agency.
Dr Mrs Ipalibo Banigo was appointed a Member, Governing Council University of Calabar; Governing Board, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital; Member, Reference Board DFID; Member, Rivers State Food and Nutrition Committee; Project Director, United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA); Chairman, Rivers State Relief Committee; Member, Rivers State Hospital Management Board; Project Director, UNICEF amongst others.
Dr (Mrs.)Banigo has received several awards for her academic excellence and public service records. She was Best All Round Student of the Year 1969-70, Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos; BBC Award for Students Poetry 1968; Best Prizes in Chemistry, Biology and English Literature, Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos 1967-1968.
Dr. (Mrs.) Banigo was a regular face at various conferences, seminars and fora both locally and internationally. She was at the World Health Assembly in 2001, 2002; World Health Regional Meeting in Congo Brazzaville 2001; Commonwealth Ministers of Health in New Zealand 2001; Sandoz Dermatology Conference, Brighton, London 1995; Various National Council on Health meetings from 1994 to 1997 as well as the International Summit on Health in 1992. In spite of all these busy schedules and public service commitments, Dr Banigo remains committed with His Excellency the Executive Governor of Rivers State to
keeping their promise to the people of Rivers State and thus fulfilling