Col (Pharm.) Stella Nkiru Ibeh, is the managing director of the Nigerian Army Drug Manufacturing Company (NADMACO) Ltd. Born in 1973 to the family of Mr Sunday and Hajiya Habiba Ochu. She is an indigene of Abia State.
Ibeh had her elementary education at Therbow Primary School, Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding to Federal Government Girls’ College, Bakori, Katsina State, where she obtained her West African School Certificate in 1989.
She attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree, which she obtained in 1998. She also obtained a master’s degree in Pharmaceutics from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology of the same institution in 2009.
Ibeh had her first pharmacy practice experience as an IT student at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Tudun Wada, Zaria in 1994. She also had a brief work experience in retail pharmacy at the Alfa Pharmacy and Stores, Sabon-Gari, Zaria in 1998.
She was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on 4 March, 2000, as a lieutenant and has steadily risen, while practising hospital and administrative pharmacy, to the rank of a colonel. She regularly participated as a volunteer in medical outreaches organised by the Nigerian Association of Physicians in the Americas between 2001 and 2003.
A Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, she is a former secretary of the Association of Lady pharmacists (ALPs), Kaduna State Chapter, and a member of the organising committee of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Conference, held in Kaduna in 2003.
Ibeh has also participated in several peace-keeping missions, including the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, South Sudan, and also as a military observer to the United Nations operation in Cote d’Ivoire.
She is passionate about impacting lives and reaching out to the less-priviledged. She is a member of many organisations, including Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN); the Nigerian Army Resource Centre and the Nigerian Institute of Management. Her immense contributions to her community have won her several awards and titles.
Col (Pharm.) Ibe is happily married to Dr Godwin Joseph Ibeh and the marriage is blessed with three lovely children.