FAYEMI HAILS OBAMA'S APPOINTMENT OF EKITI NATIVE INTO CANCER ADVISORY BOARD
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has hailed the appointment of a native of the state, Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade, into the United States National Cancer Advisory Board.
Mrs. Olopade, who is from Ire-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of the state, was among six individuals appointed into key administrative posts last Thursday by President Barack Obama.
She is an authority on cancer risk assessment, prevention, and individualised treatment based on risk factors and quality of life and also a practising clinician and director of the University's Cancer Risk Clinic.
In a statement on Sunday signed his Special Adviser (Media), Mojeed Jamiu, Fayemi said Mrs. Olopade's appointment bore eloquent testimony to the academic and professional excellence for Ekiti natives were known for worldwide.
The governor, who noted that Mrs. Olopade's appointment had gone a long way in placing the name of Ekiti State on the world map also promised to collaborate with natives of Ekiti State in the Diaspora to develop the state in the key sectors of economy. Fayemi explained that the feat achieved by the Ire-Ekiti- born medical professor would go a long way in motivating the young ones and other Ekiti professionals to strive towards attaining excellence in whatever fields they found themselves.
The governor expressed optimism that Mrs. Olopade's appointment into the Cancer Advisory Board would help reduce the scourge, which he noted had assumed an alarming level even in third world countries like Nigeria.
Mrs. Olopade, is a recipient of numerous professional honors and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, ASCO Young Investigator Award, James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, and the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the White House said:
She also works with educators, doctors, government officials and pharmaceutical companies to improve access to quality education and medical care in low-income communities.