UKANAFUN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (UKEDC)
Profile of Dr. Israel Ben
Dr. Israel Ben
Dr Israel Ben is an enthusiastic, male medical practitioner in his forties,who hails from Ikot Akpa Idem Village in Ukanafun LGA.An energetic and painstaking professional who believes strongly in making the society a better place for mankind.
He grew up in the village, and carefully developed the attributes of a true home boy. He learnt our revered culture of humility and respect for the elderly.Not daunted by the intimidation of aspiring higher from a completely home-grown foundation,he pursued his dreams in life with an uncanny resolve and a fortified determination. That he graduated from one of our local institutions, Community Secondary School, Nkek, Ukanafun LGA, with the best result in Western and Northern Annang in 1994, prepared him to easily understand the import of adopting global standards to disentangle community developmental puzzles… which is exactly his mission in UKEDC. He never considered himself disadvantaged in anyway, but motivated himself to debunk and dislodge hitherto psychological hindrances that complexed the mentality of our youths, hence, his emergence as a true reflection of the can-do spirit of an Ukanafun man .
He left indelible academic imprints in the University of Calabar, and while still in the medical college, traveled to Uyo,where he agitated, lobbied and initiated a memo for the establishment of the present College of Health Sciences, University of Uyo as well as the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo,in 1999. He is today, a practicing General Surgeon in UUTH, Uyo,with sub-specialization in Gastroenterology and Surgical Oncology ( cancer management).
Dr Israel Ben’s surjorn iñ the Health sector has taken him through various trainings in three Tertiary Health centres in Nigeria, namely, the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital,Uyo; the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City; the National Hospital, Abuja. In all these places,he carried the flag of Ukanafun higher with his astonishing mastery of surgeries.
He gave vent to his philanthropic disposition by setting up Well-Alive Hospital, Uyo,Akwa Ibom State, for the treatment of indigent Ukanafun/Akwa Ibom patients.
He has been a consistent motivator of the youths and also invests heavily on a yearly basis on youth mentoring. His guiding principle in leadership is hinged on the fact that no man elected into a public office should be eulogized until his end-of-tenure legacies are palpably felt and same in coñsonance with the yearnings of the people. He has always wished his people well.His disenchantment with the slow pace of development in Ukanafun for many years,swept him off his comfort zone, to purchase the PDP local Government chairmanship election form in 2012, and since then, he never stopped pushing for pragmatic leadership to be enthroned in Ukanafun.
Committed to humanitarian sacrifices,a community leader,a
Crusader for social justice and a dedicated Christian, ordained an Elder in the Apostolic Church Nigeria,11years ago .
He is widely traveled, a member of many professional bodies and has received several awards from students/ Youth organisations, Association of Resident Doctors, Nigeria Medical Association, Rotary Clubs, Churches,etc.
He is happily married to Barr Mrs Aniedi Israel Ben and the marriage is blessed with four children. He is a lover of football ( a Chelsea fan), creative writing and reads widely.