Akin Akande, Abuja
Hope has finally risen for the 100 level Science Education student of the University of Ilorin, Babatunde Lukman, who has been battling with renal failure, as the University authorities has donated N2.5 million towards his treatment.
A cheque for the amount was presented by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, to the Director, Unilorin Health Services, Dr. (Mrs.) M. O. Ajiboye, at a solemn event attended by Lukman’s mother, Mrs. Khadijat Babatunde, the three Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof. R. A. Lawal (Academic), Prof. Y. M. Fakunle (MS), and Prof. F. A. Oladele (RTI); the Registrar, represented by Mrs. R. A. Okojie; the Bursar, Mr. Ayo Sijuwola; the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi; the Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. A. S. Olorundare; and the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf, among other senior officials of the University.
Lukman, who is currently on admission at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for kidney failure, is in dire need of kidney transplant for which a sum of N3 million is required.
His friends and classmates have taken to the social media especially Facebook to solicit for financial assistance towards his treatment abroad.
Presenting the cheque, Professor Ambali stated that the University is one big family and that it is a good thing to stand up and support a member of the family noting that the University has procedures in place to help students academically and health-wise.
The Vice-Chancellor described the gesture of the patient’s student colleagues who had earlier raised N830,000 towards his treatment as an expression of what the University stands for.
“Whatever happens to one happens to all. Once a student steps into the campus, the University will care for him from the first day to his last day in the school as a family member,” he said
Waxing philosophical, the Vice-Chancellor said that “medical challenge can come to anyone at any time and at any age,” stressing that it is important to support Lukman as quickly as possible.
Prof. Ambali noted that doctors could only treat their patients but it is only God who heals. He expressed hope that the resources made available would make the best treatment available for Lukman and that the doctors would treat him successfully.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked the students for standing by their colleague while also thanking the Governor of Kwara State, Dr. AbdulFattah Ahmed, for his donation of N1 million and the Senator representing Kwara Central, Senator Bukola Saraki and other well wishers who have made contributions towards the treatment of the student.
Earlier, the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf, explained how the student slumped and was eventually diagnosed with kidney failure.
He commended the University for being prompt in its intervention and being responsible for the first aid treatment the patient has been receiving. He noted that students have joined in the struggle to save Lukman’s life by raising over N1, 182,000.00.
The Sub-Dean also noted that the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria had also raised N625,000.00 in addition to the N1 million promised by the Kwara State Governor, disclosing that Senator Saraki had promised to make significant contributions to the treatment of the student who hails from the senator’s constituency.
In her remarks, the Director, Unilorin Health Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Ajiboye, said that the University has good welfare package for its students. She explained that students get free medical services even for repeated health visits.
She explained that after the student was diagnosed with the medical condition, the University took care of the initial bill and commended the University management for the gesture.
The Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. Olorundare, thanked the University on behalf of Lukman’s family and students of the Faculty.