The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday has rewarded a best graduating medical student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for her excellent performance and record.
The student identified as Adesina Joy emerged the best Graduating Medical Student from the Faculty of Medicine in OAU, DAILY GIST had reported.
Abiodun rewards the student with 5million cash, a new house, scholarship, among others.
The governor noted that the awardee by being the best medical graduate to have come out of the OAU is “an accomplishment, a rare feat that most of her peers can only dream of.”
Dr. (Miss) Adesina scored 10 distinctions and won 9 top awards in her final exams.
Abiodun observed that “her accomplishment is coming on the back of the spectacular performances of some of our young indigenes, who recently excelled in their various academic pursuits and were duly rewarded by our administration under a programme called the Ogun Academic Laureates”.
Abiodun noted that with the Ogun Academic Laureates Awards, his administration has introduced hope to rekindle passion for excellence in academics excellence and innovation, especially for the successor generation.
This, according to him, “is to groom and harvest more Wole Soyinkas; Theophilus Ogunlesis; Adeoye Lambos; Olikoye Ransome-Kutis; Akin Mabogunjes; Oyinade Olurins; and, more Obafemi Awolowos”.
He reiterated that his administration would continue to recognize and honour exceptional indigenes or residents of Ogun State, who through a dint of hard work attained academic excellence and are found worthy both in character and innovations.
Abiodun disclosed that Ogun Academic Laureates had been fully rewarded with the promised scholarships, cash prizes and houses, stressing that “we did this, not just because it is the right and honourable thing to do having made the promise, but also because we are a promise-keeping administration. We do not make promises that we do not intend to or cannot fulfill”.
“We are all gathered here to celebrate the rare academic feat attained by Dr. Joy Oyinlola Adesina, an indigene of our dear Ogun State who went to the Medical School at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She saw, she learnt and she conquered, returning home after hard study and rigorous examinations with a record breaking of 10 distinctions and 9 top awards.
“Dr Adesina won virtually every academic laurel available in medicine at OAU, Ife. We are proud of not only you, but people like you, especially the young ones who continue to fly the flag of excellence and Omoluabi, for which we are renowned.
“But more importantly, we celebrate Miss. Adesina because she is a daughter of the soil. She is from our own Ogun State and she has made us proud. In the State we are the leader in education in Nigeria. We are the education capital of Nigeria.
“We have the highest number of secondary schools and tertiary institutions in this country. We are the birthplace of free education in Nigeria. We can go on and on to reel out our string of FIRSTs in education as well as other fields in the country”, the governor stated.
Abiodun, who tasked the awardee to put her intellectual prowess into research and scholarship, expressed optimism Adesina might be Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Medicine.
While calling on the private sector to collaborate with the State government through its Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme to reposition education in Ogun, the governor assured that his administration would continue to appreciate and reward positive enterprises and achievements by sons and daughters of the state, especially the youths.
“Let me assure all the people of Ogun State that our administration will continue to put measures in place towards providing quality education for our youths as an impetus for an assured future.
“As an administration, we will continue to appreciate and reward positive enterprises and achievements by sons and daughters of the State, especially our youths. Youngsters like you assure us of a brighter future. I see hope in our youth, no matter the narratives from naysayers”, Abiodun submitted.
Responding, the honouree, appreciate the gestures extended to her by the State, saying that: “I am very fulfilled”.
She appreciated her uncle, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for “his inspiration” and parents for their love and support to achieve the feat at the medical school.
At a briefing ceremony on Wednesday, November 3, at the Governor’s Office Abeokuta, Governor Dapo Abiodun presented the following reward for Adesina Joy who recorded several distinctions in the course of her medical training at OAU:
1. A Bungalow at Ogun State Housing Estate
2. N5 Million
3. Award for Residency studies at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH
Her awards include:
1. NIGERIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRIZE: To the student with the best overall result in the M.B.Ch.B degree examination
2. FACULTY PRIZE: For the candidate with the best overall Performance in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
3. OLANINGBE MAKANJUOLA MEMORIAL PRIZE: To the best student in Medicine and Medical Specialities in Part 111 MBChB degree examination.
4. DR. OLUYEMI O. BADERO FOUNDATION PRIZE: For the best overall student in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) Final Examination in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences
5. MAJOR GENERAL OLUFEMI OLUTOYE PRIZE: To the student with the best overall performance in the first professional examination
6. ADELINE OLU AJAYI: To the best graduating student in Physiology in the second MBChB Examination
7. GLAXO ALLENBURY PRIZE: To the student with the best result in the final M.B.Ch.B degree examination in Pediatrics
8. PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA PRIZE: To the student with the best result in the final M.B.Ch. B degree examination in Pediatrics
9. PROFESSOR O TAIWO MEMORIAL PRIZE: To the student with the highest mark in clinical examination in the final MB.Ch.B examination in Pediatrics
1. Distinction in Surgery
2. Distinction in Community Health
3. Distinction in Obstetrics and Gynecology
4. Distinction in Pediatrics and Child Health
5. Distinction in Dermatology
6. Distinction in Mental Health
7. Distinction in Pharmacology
8. Distinction in Anatomy
9. Distinction in Biochemistry
10 Distinction in Physiology