Fight against cancer will get a boost as the‎ University of Ibadan‎ Alumni Association has unveiled plans to construct a Cancer Research Centre ‎at the university to honour the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Isaac Adewole who is reported to have spent most of his life researching on cancer and medicines to save lives.
The National President of the Association, Dr. Kemi Emina who revealed this at a dinner and award ceremony organised by the alumni over the weekend in Ibadan described Adewole as an achiever, role model and change agent, also added that the centre when completed, would encourage research on cancer to save humanity.
It is reported that over two million Nigerians are infected by cancer. Cancer incidence data from two population based cancer registries in Nigeria suggests substantial increase in incidence of breast cancer in recent times.
The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Chairman of the occasion, Chief Bisi Akande, who was at the occasion, extolled the virtues of Adewole describing him as a spectacular performer who had uplifted the university.
“I knew him by reputation. His contribution is spectacular to the development of University of Ibadan.
“The presence of the dignitaries here attests to his selfless service. Prof Adewole has been said to be selfless to this university and as we are celebrating his going away from office.
“We are hearing that he was being appointed as a minister of this country. God will continue to uplift him,’’ Akande said.
In his remarks, Adewole commended members of staff and students who worked with him for the successes recorded, adding that he was nobody without a supporting team.
He also commended the Alumni Association for the Award bestowed on him as the Most Distinguished Ambassador.
He lauded the efforts of the association to build a cancer centre in his honour, saying he would solicit for assistance from people to donate for the construction of the centre.
Adewole added that late presentation of cancer cases had led to death of many Nigerians who come to the hospital when the situation could not be remedied.
Among the dignitaries present at the event were the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Dr. Gabriel Igbinedon, governors of Oyo and Osun represented by Moses Alake Adeyemo and Muyiwa Ige respectively.
Others are Professor Emeritus Olujinmi Akinkugbe, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND boss, Prof. Elias Bogoro‎, Prof. Bayo Okunade, UI Distance Learning Director, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the incoming vice-chancellor.


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