The Registrar/CEO of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN), *Dr. Obinna Edwin Awiaka,* extends heartfelt commendation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his decisive action in restoring funding to health regulatory agencies. This noteworthy decision follows the initial defunding of these critical bodies in the 2024 budget.

In a release signed by the Special Assistant to the ODORBN Registra on Intergovernmental organization and Agency affairs, the Registrar Dr. Awiaka emphasized the significance of President Tinubu’s commitment to the healthcare sector, stating, “We commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his proactive steps in restoring funding to health regulatory agencies, including ODORBN. His decisive action ensures the sustained capacity of these agencies to uphold the highest standards in healthcare delivery.”

Dr. Awiaka expresses gratitude to the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, *Prof. Mohammad Ali Pate, and Hon. Dr. Tunji Alausa*, the minister of state for health and social welfare for their unwavering commitment to fighting quackery, upholding healthcare standards in the eyecare industry, and their instrumental role in advocating for the reinstatement of funding.

The Registrar/CEO also extends sincere thanks to *Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Ms. Kachollom Daju* and *Minister for Budget and Economic Planning Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu* for their invaluable contributions to the funding restoration, reinforcing the collaborative efforts in strengthening the nation’s healthcare infrastructure.

The restoration of full funding signifies not only the safeguarding of the integrity of ODORBN and other health regulators but also underscores the government’s dedication to improving the nation’s healthcare system.

Dr. Awiaka reassures the public that ODORBN remains committed to upholding healthcare standards and contributing to the overall enhancement of the country’s health sector.

*Dr. Chinaka Nwosu*
Special Assistant To The Registrar/CEO ODORBN
On Intergovernmental Organization and Agency Affairs