Encomiums as former LUTH boss launches book
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has lauded Prof. Akin Osibogun, former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), for his sterling administrative qualities in steering the ship of the foremost tertiary health institution in the country, adding that Osibogun didn’t disappoint him throughout his tenure in office.
Speaking at the launch of a book written by Osibogun, titled: “My Life, My Medicine: A Chief Medical Director’s Story” in Lagos, Obasanjo, who was represented by former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, said he was not disappointed in appointing Osibogun.
“I did not make any mistake in appointing Osibogun in 2006 as a medical director. He has set a good template at LUTH, a medical scientist with charisma. I wish him success in his future endeavor and also recommend him for higher service in Nigeria,” he said.
In his remarks, the chief launcher and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, said the author has set a standard for others to emulate, after giving his best to the medical profession. The Oba also prayed for him to continue making giant strides in the medical world.
Also speaking at the programme, Commissioner for Health, Ogun State, Dr. Babatunde Ibaye, representing Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, congratulated Osibogun for attaining a great height in his service to humanity, especially carrying out its first Open-Heart Surgery (OHS) on three patients, including one renal transplant, laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic surgery under his administration.
He urged the author to continue his good work, saying that the medical practitioner has set a standard for younger generation to follow especially those in the medical profession.
The book reviewer, Dr. Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf described it as a “well baked” cake for society consumption.
For him, the author has distinguished himself in all ramifications. It is a story of a focused, intelligent, calm and highly exposed Nigerian, Yusuf said.
He, however, recommended the autobiography as a useful material for leaders of organisations especially those in the medical profession, in pursuit of scholarship and a host of others.
Osibogun, while giving his speech, said the book serves as a masterpiece for would-be leaders who aspire to be good administrators in their career, serves as a resource material for managers and students of health management who intend to learn from the experience of others, and also serve as an appreciation to people who have been an instrument to the progress of his life.
He added that the book tells a story of his background, medical history, challenges and achievements as a medical director.
He urged the younger generation not to relent in their service to humanity and also be a good ambassador to the country.
“In whatever you do, never forget to thank God because it has been His grace that we have come this far. Do your best in contributing to the service of mankind and your country, because life is essential”.