The Medical Students of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), who were sponsored by the Osun State Government to Ukraine in 2013 to complete their medical studies returned to the country on Saturday evening after four and a half years of overseas’ training.
The state government in a statement by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s spokesperson, Mr. Sola Fasure in Osogbo, said the medical students graduated last month from the V.Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv in Ukraine.
Aregbesola said in the statement: “They were received by the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Hon. Remi Omowaye; Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola on Higher Education, Scholarship and Bursary, Professor Grace Akinola among other top government officials.
“It would be recalled that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had in 2013 approved a sum of N152million to support the medical education of 85 students of the UNIOSUN to Ukraine National University so as to aid the transfer of the medical students whose academic activities were stopped due to non-availability of medical facilities and lack of a university teaching hospital.
“The beneficiaries of Osun State government sponsorship were the medical students from 300 to 500 levels of the university.
“The decision to sponsor the students was taken by the state government as part of efforts to allow the affected students to complete their medical studies and actualize their dreams of becoming medical practitioners and give back to the society.
“Numbering 50 of the 85 sponsored, these returnees graduated, having passed the prescribed 2017 KROK 2 Ukraine National Medical Examinations in June this year.
“One of the sponsored medical students, Miss Oyeleye Lateefat Abiola emerged the overall best student not only in the university but also in the entire Ukraine with an outstanding score of 95.6 per cent in the KROK 2 examinations.”
“Miss Abiola was announced the best overall student by the Ukraine’s university authority during the university’s graduation ceremony last month.”
“The state facilitated the programme in fulfilment of the Aregbesola’s administration of providing quality and functional education to youth of the state at all levels”.
Receiving the students at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Hon. Remi Omowaye, the completion of the medical programme by the students is a testimony to the promise made and kept by Aregbesola’s administration. It was a dream actualised for the sponsored students.”
“Omowale said despite the fact that the state was blackmailed and abused by some people over the initiative, the state government and the good people of Osun are happy that Governor Aregbesola meant well for the citizenry.”
According to him, “I am very happy because we started this programme in 2012 and some people didn’t want it to work. We had a lot of challenges but thank God we have made history.
“Our efforts to overcome the challenges posed by the initiative and our tenacity to succeed show that Aregbesola is a Governor of the people whose passion for humanity cannot be quantified.
“Most of the promises made are now promises kept. Despite the fact that the state sponsored these students up to their graduation, the Governor also mandated us to get them registered with Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for their professional licensing”.
“We thank God today that a difficult task has become a success story because in spite of the challenges, blackmails and abuses, we record success on this initiative”.
“Governor Aregbesola has done wonderfully well to ensure that these students attain greatness in life. Even at a time of economic hardship, he insisted that in as much as blood runs in his veins, he will ensure the completion of their programmes.”
“Here today, the dream has come to reality and we are all happy that the state succeeded and recorded another giant stride.”
Fasure referred to some of the beneficiaries to have commended the state government and Governor Aregbesola in particular for helping them to actualise their dreams.
“The overall Ukraine best students, Dr. Oyeleye Lateefat Abiola, said she gives all thanks to Aregbesola’s administration for making her sun to shine and stars to bloom in life.”
She said her star would have been killed if not being assisted by the Osun State Government to complete her medical studies.
Abiola, who specialised in Cardiology, expressed readiness to use her wealth of experience and professionalism to serve humanity, saying the circumstances that led to her academic attainment would be justified if she impacts positively on humanity.
“I am the happiest person on earth because I never thought I could attain this feat, but today, I give glory to Almighty God for making my dream a reality.
“I am one of the beneficiaries of Governor Aregbesola’s scholarship. I am one of the 85 medical students sponsored by the Osun State Government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, was a guest at the unveiling ceremony of the 2017 African Children Talent Discovery Foundation, Unleash Your Talent. In a brief chat with the movie star at the ceremony, the mother-of-one spoke about her ‘Born Again Status’, and other issues
Why are you passionate about the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation’s quest to discover young talents in Nigeria?
My involvement in a talent show such as this is something I am very proud of. It’s more like evangelism to me. I am passionate about this cause because many talented Nigerian children will benefit a lot from it. As we all know, often times it’s very difficult to access the industry. I wish I had seasoned actors mentor me when I was starting out my career.
Why do you regret not having a mentor early on in your career?
Entertainment is not an easy path for anyone to tow because it can kill you, make you or destroy you. It has the power to do and undo, so as a mother I will tell everyone to be careful with the industry. But as an entertainer, I will say welcome to any fresh talent because there is no limit to what he or she can do with a talent. It’s even written in the bible that, ‘I will bless you through the works of your hands.’
You have made so much noise about your foundation in the recent. What have you been up to in this regard?
The Tonto Dikeh Foundation has been doing a lot recently. Every month, we try to do something different; and in August, we will tour the world speaking with female inmates. I am all for empowering women and the ‘One Girl, One Pen campaign.’ We all know that in our prisons, some people are on the death row but some others don’t seem to a have a means of survival for when they regain freedom. I have seen ex-convicts become great people in the society when they are released. So, I want to go into our prisons to empower the female inmates with skill acquisitions. We also plan to send some female inmates back to school when they regain their freedom.
What is the main focus of your foundation?
My foundation is very broad and when I was starting out, the focus was domestic violence, rape victims and physically abused women. But right now, being a mother and an advocate for God just broadens my purview. So my foundation is down for anything that will make the woman race better for it.
How is your foundation funded?
Like I said earlier, the Tonto Dikeh foundation is a big one. So, we have sponsors and people who key into our vision and run with us.
Does this mean that your acting career has taken the back seat?
I was off the scene for a long time but I retuned with a bang. I stared in a yet to be released film titled Celebrity Marriage and it will be out soon. I’m all fired up because I’m involved in the movie. I don’t want to be involved in the acting like I used to be in the past.
Can you please shed more light on this?
I have shot a film in a day, in the past but not any longer. I’m not looking for popularity so I am just trying to stay relevant by starring in very few quality movies. My family proposes that I shoot five quality movies in a year. I think three good movies in a year is fair enough. And that is what I have been looking for. That way, I can have time for my child and other people because I’m not just a mother of one but I am a mother of nations.
What is the secret behind your new glow?
Well, firstly I am born again and when you have God, you just radiate. So all the glow is from within; you don’t fake God’s glow. You also can’t fake God’s glory because it overwhelms you. I don’t know how to say what I want to say but when God steps into a situation or your life he elevates you and makes you see things in a different light. So, the glow you see is all God. I am a radical for Christ.
Do you plan to set up a church or become an evangelist?
Yes I will, before I became an entertainer I was close to becoming an evangelist but I backslid. But not to say anything, I am back with God. I don’t know where God is taking me to. But if it is the pulpit, I am ready.
You go the extra length when it comes to your son. Your Fathers Day outing readily comes to mind.
I heard motherhood is difficult but I think my son and I share a special kind of love that makes everything easy. Its not that I don’t get stressed out or mad at him sometimes. I do. But the love and the grace of God is sufficient for both of us.
You appear to have adjusted to life in Abuja
I thought I could never live outside Lagos because I thought everything outside Lagos was too slow. I need that slow life now because nobody is my face and neither am I in people’s faces. I’m changing my circle of friends and redecorating my life so I needed that space.
Do you think you can regain your privacy again?
I have always been a very private person and anything that people say about me is what they want to make up. No one truly knows me, no one knows what I eat or don’t eat. No one knows me and the only thing about me that is being made public is what I post on social media. So, if I don’t post it, disregard it.
So, are some of the backlashes you have received on social media lately a result of your being born again?
Well, even if I wasn’t born again, they will still come for me. You see, the devil cannot steal from an empty barrel; you have to be fully charged. I will go through a lot of things, whatever is happening now this is nothing compared to what is yet to come. What I have seen is not even half of what will come in the future. I am ready for more; there will be worse to come and I’m ready for it. When God prepares you in a different kind of way, I can fight my battles on my own strength.
Following your new status as a child of God, will you remarry or reconcile with your estranged husband?
Love is a beautiful thing and love is exquisite. So, of course, I will remarry once I find true love.
Source: PREMIUM TIMES