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The College of Medicine, University of Lagos on Tuesday, 2 November, 2021 organised a ground-breaking and foundation laying ceremony of the Sir Kesington Adebutu Research Centre to mark the 86th birthday of Celebrant and Donor Sir Kesington Adebutu at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi Araba, Lagos.

The Provost, Professor David Adewale Anthonio Oke welcomed the distinguished guests. He congratulated Sir Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu (alias Baba Ijebu) on his birthday anniversary and thanked him for his large heartedness and commitment to the project. He reiterated that the Research Centre will be useful for Medical Scientists and students beyond the University environment.

The Chairman, Court of Governors, Dr. Aderemi Desalu commended Sir Kesington Adebutu for his generosity and that the proposed Research Centre will create enabling environment and facilities for health research and training.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe extolled the former Provost, Professor Folasade Ogunsola who envisioned the project and the formalisation by her successor, Professor Afolabi Lesi and was actualized during the time of the incumbent Provost, Professor David Adewale Anthonio Oke.

He reiterated that Public Education needs the support of the wealthy, philanthropists and elder statesmen in the society to assist in the development of the country through financial assistance to the Universities because the government alone cannot fund Public Education.

The Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Olanrewaju Tejuoso, an Alumnus of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos was delighted to witness the commencement of another era of modern development in the College. He applauded Sir Kesington Adebutu for bequeathing this lifelong legacy to the College. He enjoined everyone to thank God for giving us a rare gem in our generation.

The daughter of the Celebrant and Donor, Dr. Abiola Olorode ably represented his father, Sir Kesington Adebutu at the Ceremony. She acknowledged the need for Medical Research despite the numerous Public Health challenges in the country. She commended the Vice Chancellor, the Provost and other Professors who have worked hard for the conceptualization and actualization of the project. She reiterated that the building will serve as a Centre for Research, Laboratories for all kinds of ailments, teaching of Medical students and researchers.

The Deputy Provost, Professor O.A.T. Ebuehi gave the closing remarks. He thanked Almighty God for making the occasion a reality. He also appreciated the donor, Sir Kesington Adebutu and his daughters who represented him, Principal Officers of the University, academic and non-teaching staff who attended the ceremony.