—–Says Nigeria ‘s shinning in everything
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – ACTING President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received a Nigerian trained medical doctor Oluyinka Olutoye who successfully led a medical team that operated on a foetus in Houston hospital, United States of America.
Prof. Osinbajo according to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande told Dr. Olutoye that Nigeria had continued to produce the best in every way and that its citizens continued to shine in various ways around the world.
He said that the success story of Nigerians was as the result of efforts by the government in ensuring that right things were done in public service, adding that with that mindset the country was bound to reach the top globally as a people.
Olutoye had also been an active member of another medical team that had separated a set of conjoined twins successfully in the US.
The team was made up of two other Nigerian female doctors including his wife, Dr. Toyin Olutoye, an anesthesiologist, and Dr. Oluyemisi Adeyemi-Fowode, a pediatric gynecology fellow.
Osinbajo told Olutoye who was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by members of his family including his wife and parents that “our country continues to shine in various ways, your achievement is remakable in every sense. People are bound to wonder. It’s the kind that fables are made of. And this is from someone who is Nigerian-trained.”
According to the Acting President, “this country can be well run, we produce the best in every way, but it will take a lot of doing, by good men and women. This is what i have learnt in the past over two years here. If we do the right things, day by day, we’ll change and improve the Nigerian situation significantly.
“The problem is not the about the availability of resources, but its the management,” recalling how it is that the Federal Government is now doing more when funds are scarce than in the days when oil was selling at over $100 per barrel.
“When we were making over a $100 per barrel, we were owing oil JVC cash calls, not able to pay salaries and owing contractors. Now that we are down in earnings by 60%, we have sorted out the problem of cash calls and are able to support states to pay salaries.”
Speaking earlier, Dr. Olutoye who is a graduate of Medicine from the then University of Ife. attributed his medical successes in the US to his Nigerian training and education up till the university.
He said, “All we have achieved from primary to university is from Nigeria, and I believe that Nigeria will surpass what we have achieved out there.”
Olutoye’s father who was also at the late Thursday meeting, is the Alani of Ido-Ani, Oba Major-General (rtd) Olufemi Olutoye, OFR, the Oluwatomiloye 1.