Disabled former street beggar turned lawyer, medical record breaker get Reps’ Honours

Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday honoured two Nigerian students Mr Kamaldeen Abdulsalam a former street beggar and Miss Ariola Olaiya, OAU Medical Record breaker for their outstanding feats in academics.

He also noted that “the essence of the House contribution to nation building was to invest resources into meaningful activities that will help secure the future of our country and encourage attitudinal change to inspire the Nigerian youth.”

Gbajabiamila disclosed that Miss Ariola Olaiya Blessing, 24, who was admitted into Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State to study Medicine and Surgery in 2011, scored an excellent Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) of 4.74 in her first year and subsequently, in her second

He noted that “all through to the sixth year, the young adult scored: Distinctions in Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology (200L); Distinctions in Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology (300L); Distinctions in Pathology and Pharmacology (400L);

Distinctions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mental Health and Dermatology (500L) and Distinctions in Surgery (600L), (an achievement that had been elusive for a period of 28 years in OAU/Nigerian Medicine and Community Health)”.

He told the House that Mr Abdulsalam Kamaldeen, 38, lost his two legs to polio at the tender age of 3, lost his mother at the age of 4, started primary school at 8, and resorted to street begging to raise money to buy school uniforms, books and to feed; begged for alms from primary through secondary schools and was known on the streets of Lagos. (Independent)

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