Afe Babalola Wins National Postgraduate Medical College Fellowship Award

A frontline Nigerian lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, Thursday, in Lagos, was presented with the honorary Fellowship Award by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN).

He received the prestigious award at the College’s 40th Convocation Ceremony in Ijanikin along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. And thanks to the award, Aare Afe Babalola becomes the 23rd recipient among prominent Nigerians, living or dead, to be honored by the college with the same award in its 43-year history.

Among those before him are former President Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon (Retd), the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, General Ibrahim Babangida (Retd), the late Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, the current Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Dr Peter Odili just to name a few.

Likewise, three fellows of the college, namely: the former university president, Prof Musa Borodo; former Registrar, Dr. Owoidoho Udofia and a former member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Augustine Oheovoriole, also received the Distinguished Fellowship Award from the college at the event, while a total of 416 specialists received a fellowship award through research.

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Commenting at the event, Health Minister Joseph Ekumankama, represented by the Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said that the federal government really understands the major role that is being played. recognized by NPMCN in manufacturing high quality medical and dental care professionals in the country.

He said the government would continue to support the college with funds and in other possible areas to help it fulfill its mandates more effectively.

However, he congratulated Aare Afe Babalola on his honorary scholarship and other award winners, including the 416 graduates.

He said he believes the award would spur them into greater service to the land and humanity.
In his own speech, the President of the College and former Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Idi-Araba, Dr. Akin Osibogun, that the college has so far produced no less than 7,500 medical and dental specialists since its founding 43 years ago.

However, he lamented the brain drain syndrome in the two fields in the country, saying the condition seriously threatens the realization of university mandates to produce enough specialized medical and dental manpower for the country.

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He said the brain drain challenge needs to be urgently addressed, especially by the government creating an environment that allows for the practice of the two professions and also encourages many more people to get into the field, as well as retaining them to get into the field. to practice the land instead of seeking greener pastures abroad.

He congratulated Aare Afe Babalola on the honor the college has bestowed on him, calling it a well-deserved honour.

Although Aare Afe Babalola is not a medical person, according to him, he has shown an unusual passion for the development of health care in Nigeria.

“So he is honored today for his unusual passion and dedication and investment in the multi-system hospital and medical school at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
He added: “This is the highest recognition the college can grant to non-medically qualified dignitaries.

“While our regular fellowship can be registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the honorary scholarship is not.”

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Responding to the award, Aare Afe Babalola appreciated the college and its leadership for deeming him worthy of the honor, saying he would cherish it forever.

Through his representative, Prof. Slyvester Oluwadare Ojo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of ABUAD (Academic), Aare Afe Babalola said that he longed to become a doctor as he nurtured the profession in his early years and even now, except for fate that brought him to the legal profession that he also cherishes.

He said he would continue to make a significant contribution to university education and the training of medical personnel for the country as well as giving humanity.

However, he called on the college and other relevant medical institutions in the country to cooperate with ABUAD’s College of Medicine and the teaching hospital in areas of mutual benefit.
He said ABUAD has become a great force to be reckoned with with other top universities worldwide and would continue to strive for greater heights.

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