ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
The House of Representatives yesterday honoured the duo of Mr Abdulsalam Idowu, a former street beggar who sponsored himself through school to become a lawyer and one Miss Aarinola Blessing of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) for attaining exceptional record in her academic pursuit.
The House also resolved to establish by law a Parliamentary Honours/Award System for recognition of extraordinary achievements by Nigerians.
The honour followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Gbajabiamila noted that the honour is reward for excellence and encouragement to citizens who had elevated the ideals of the Nigerian society..
According to him, Idowu displayed resilience and hard work by studying political science and law from street begging.
“Idowu lost his two legs to polio at the age of three, lost his mother at the age of four, started primary school at eight and resorted to street begging to raise money to buy uniforms, books and to feed.
“In his determination to become a lawyer, passed the exams studied law and was later admitted to Nigerian Law School in 2015 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on Nov. 30 2016,’’ Gbajabiamila said.
In the case of Blessing, Gbajabiamila said “the 24, who was admitted into OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun to study Medicine and Surgery in 2011, scored an excellent Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) of 4.74 in her first year.
“Subsequently in her second through to the sixth year 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