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House of Representatives honour OAU academic record breaker, former street beggar

House of Representatives honour OAU academic record breaker, former street beggar

- The members of the House of Representatives honoured a medical graduate and a street beggar

- The duo were honoured for their rare feat and academic attainment

- The House also said it will establish a Parliamentary Honours/Award system for recognition of extraordinary achievements of Nigerians

Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 5, honoured an academic record breaking student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Aarinola Blessing.

The House also honoured Abdulsalam Idowu, a street beggar for his rare feat and academic attainment.

Premium Times reports that Blessing, 24, who was admitted by the institution to study medicine and surgery in 2011 had a Cumulative Grade Point (CCPA) of 4.74 in her first year.

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Blessing through her second to sixth year at the OAU made 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 elusive for a period of 28 years in OAU/Nigerian Medicine and Community Health).

Meanwhile, 38-year old Idowu who lost his legs to polio at age three, also lost his mother at age four started primary school at eight years old. He also engaged in street begging to raise funds for tuition, school uniform, books and food.

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It was gathered that Idowu begged and slept under the Idumota Bridge for several years before saving enough money to rent a room.

He managed to obtain a GCE form in 2002, passed his GCE and JAMB and was admitted into the Lagos state University to study political science.

But in his determination to become a Lawyer, Idowu sat for another WAEC and JAMB while preparing for his first degree in Political Science.

He further gained admission to study Law in the same University and was called to bar on November 30, 2016.

The leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, in a motion commended Idowu for his determination.

The House also considered establishing a Parliamentary Honours/Award System for recognition of extraordinary achievement made by Nigerians.

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The lawmakers at the plenary asked Gwarzo who was suspended last week by the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, over alleged financial abuses to maintain status quo.

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