Meet AIG Alex Okeke, our personality for March
Pharm. (AIG) Alex Emeka Okeke, hails from Amawbia, Awka South L.G.A. of Anambra state. He had his primary education in Awka and Kaduna between 1958 and 1964. He was at St John’s College Kaduna; Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka; and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, for his secondary and Higher School certificate education between 1965 and 1973.
He obtained a B.Pharm. (Hons) degree from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife in 1979, an MBA from University of Lagos in 1997 and a postgraduate fellowship in Pharmacy (FPCPharm) from the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists in 2002.
He had his internship at the General Hospital, Enugu Ukwu; and his compulsory National Service in Gombe and Missau in the old Bauchi State. He worked briefly with the Kano State Health management Board at the Murtala Mohammed Hospital Kano and General Hospital Kazaure.
He was appointed to the Nigeria Police Force as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in December 1981 and reported for training at the Police College, Ikeja on 12 February, 1982. He attended a UN drug fellowship programme on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances at the United Nations Drug Centre in Vienna, Austria in 1991 where he bagged a fellowship of the United Nations Drug Centre. He was the IGP’s representative on the Federal Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs from 1989-2002.
Okeke was head of pharmacy, Nigeria Police Medical, for several years; the coordinator of the Police Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (PACA); and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), before being promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Force Medical Officer and Head of Nigeria Police Medical Services in August, 2012.
He retired from the services of the Nigeria Police on 14 April, 2013, on attaining the statutory age of 60 years after having served for a total of 31 years, two months and two days.
His list of honours and awards include: Merit Award for Distinguished Professionalism (presented by Abuja Branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria); Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), 2006; and Nigeria Police Medal (NPM), 2013
AIG Okeke (Rtd.) Okeke is married to Lizzy Nwakego Okeke and they are blessed with children.