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 The Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola has extolled the virtues of a renowned Psychiatrist Prof Oye Gureje as he celebrated his 70th birthday and retirement from service Fashola spoke on Thursday in Ibadan at a valedictory programme held in honour of Gureje by the Department of Psychiatry College of Medicine University of Ibadan The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gureje is the Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health Neuroscience and Substance Abuse Department of Psychiatry University of Ibadan Represented by Mr Adedamola Kuti a Director of Federal Highway South West Zone he said Prof Gureje by all standards deserves all the honours we can give him Also Prof Gureje is an honoured alumnus of the great University of Benin my Alma Mater where as it were he cut his first teeth in the medical profession which as today brought glorious fame to him and our great country Nigeria He is a result oriented researcher in the field of Psychiatry whose impact transients both national and international spheres Globally the World Health Organisation WHO has severally appreciated and recognised his contributions to global mental health for several decades Fashola said In their remarks the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan Prof Kayode Adebowale Provost College of Medicine UI Prof Olayinka Omigbodun and Prof Jesse Otegbayo said Gureje had contributed immensely to research and development of institutions in the medical profession Adebowale said Gureje s contributions and his networks have boosted the ranking of University of Ibadan He urged the academics to be big for the benefits of others and build institutions Some international collaborators of Gureje present at the event included Prof Graham Thornicroft a Consultant Psychiatrist South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Prof Atalay Alem Addis Ababa University Ethiopia and Prof Soraya Seedat Stellenbosch University South Africa Gureje while appreciating the organisers of the event held in his honour urged the government to pay attention to all policies documents and ensure that they do not just sit on the shelves According to him government should implement policies that have been designed and put together here and do that systematically using local resources and expanding on those resources But not having enough resources is not an excuse at all You can do a lot with what we currently have Also the government should pay attention to brain drain and do everything to stop brain drain This is to make sure that we are not losing our qualified people to countries that have better resources Gureje said Earlier Prof Victor Lasebikan Head of Department of Psychiatry UI said the week long programme organised by the Department was to appreciate the immense contributions and mentorship of Gureje NewsSourceCredit NAN
Fashola, others extol virtues of Gureje, renowned Psychiatrist at 70  

Minister of Works and Housing

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has extolled the virtues of a renowned Psychiatrist, Prof. Oye Gureje, as he celebrated his 70th birthday and retirement from service.

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Department of Psychiatry

Fashola spoke on Thursday in Ibadan at a valedictory programme held in honour of Gureje by the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

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News Agency

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gureje is the Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience and Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan.

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Adedamola Kuti

Represented by Mr Adedamola Kuti, a Director of Federal Highway, South-West Zone, he said: “Prof. Gureje, by all standards, deserves all the honours we can give him.

University of Benin

“Also, Prof. Gureje is an honoured alumnus of the great University of Benin, my Alma Mater, where as it were, he cut his first teeth in the medical profession, which as today brought glorious fame to him and our great country, Nigeria.

“He is a result-oriented researcher in the field of Psychiatry, whose impact transients, both national and international spheres.

World Health Organisation

“Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has severally appreciated and recognised his contributions to global mental health for several decades,” Fashola said.

University of Ibadan

In their remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale; Provost, College of Medicine, UI, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun and Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, said Gureje had contributed immensely to research and development of institutions in the medical profession.

University of Ibadan

Adebowale said, “Gureje’s contributions and his networks have boosted the ranking of University of Ibadan.


He urged the academics to be big for the benefits of others and build institutions.

Graham Thornicroft

Some international collaborators of Gureje present at the event included: Prof. Graham Thornicroft, a Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Prof. Atalay Alem, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Prof. Soraya Seedat, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Gureje, while appreciating the organisers of the event held in his honour, urged the government to pay attention to all policies documents and ensure that “they do not just sit on the shelves”.

According to him, government should implement policies that have been designed and put together here and do that systematically, using local resources and expanding on those resources.

“But, not having enough resources is not an excuse at all.

You can do a lot with what we currently have.

“Also, the government should pay attention to brain drain and do everything to stop brain drain.

“This is to make sure that we are not losing our qualified people to countries that have better resources,” Gureje said.

Victor Lasebikan

Earlier, Prof. Victor Lasebikan, Head of Department of Psychiatry, UI, said the week-long programme organised by the Department was to appreciate the immense contributions and mentorship of Gureje.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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