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.
The House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, (APC, Lagos), moved the motion on Tuesday, asking the House to dedicate part of its Tuesday plenary session to Miss. Ariola Olaiya Blessing and Mr. Abdulsalam Kamaldeen Idowu for their rare feats in their respective fields of study.
He brought the motion under matters of urgent public importance tagging his point of order as ‘Parliamentary honour for exceptional young Nigerians’.
Following approval by the presiding speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Gbajabiamila said “the 8th House of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to reward excellence and encourage citizens who have elevated the ideals of the Nigerian society amid various challenges confronting the country”
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.