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Peter Obi congratulates Professor Rufus Olusola on NAS Gold Medal Award

Professor Rufus Olusola Akinyemi, a distinguished figure in the field of Geriatric Neurology and Translational Neuroscience at the University of Ibadan, has been honoured with the prestigious 2023 Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) Gold Medal Prize for Life Sciences.

His groundbreaking decade-long research into stroke, post-stroke vascular cognitive impairment, and dementia (PSVCID), alongside pioneering work in stroke bio-banking, has earned him widespread acclaim and recognition within the scientific community.

The announcement of this esteemed award was met with widespread celebration and commendation from various quarters across Nigeria.

Among those congratulating was Peter Obi, Former Governor of Anambra State and LP Presidential Candidate in 2023. 

In his statement, Obi commended Prof. Akinyemi’s tireless research dedication and emphasised such scholars’ pivotal role in the nation’s progress.

“Prof. Akinyemi’s well-deserved recognition is a testament to his unwavering commitment to advancing medical knowledge and addressing critical health challenges,” Obi stated. 

“We must prioritize supporting educators and researchers of his caliber, as their contributions significantly impact our nation’s growth and development.”

Professor Akinyemi’s extensive research has enriched the academic landscape and promises transformative implications for Nigeria’s healthcare system and overall societal development. 

The NAS Gold Medal for Life Sciences recognizes Prof. Akinyemi’s pioneering efforts in addressing complex neurological conditions and underscores the pivotal role of research in elevating healthcare standards and improving the quality of life for Nigerians. His unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical science exemplifies the spirit of innovation essential for Nigeria’s journey toward sustainable growth and development.

His work underscores the pressing need for increased investment in research and development to propel the nation toward a future characterized by innovation and self-sufficiency.

Obi concluded by extending his heartfelt congratulations to Prof. Rufus Olusola Akinyemi on this remarkable achievement.

 

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