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VC SICKLE CELL SPEECH

Address Of The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, Mni At The Event Organized By Lagos State University Sickle Cell Society Tagged Sickle Cell Disorder:The Battles,The Fears, The Triumph Held On Thursday, 7th April, 2022.

The Keynote Speaker of the day and Acting Vice Chancellor LASUED,Prof.B. B. Lafiaji-Okuneye

All Deans of Faculties/Schools here present Distinguished Professors
here present Members of Senate
here present. All Heads of Departments

All Union Leaders here present

Members
of Staff and our world class students

Gentlemen and Ladies of the press

Ladies and Gentlemen

I’m indeed delighted to welcome all you to this auspicious event.

This event is historic as it marks the first time the Lagos State University Sickle Cell Society will be organizing a programme of this nature, which I consider very critical to the lives and wellbeing of Students and Staff of the University who are warriors.

I particularly congratulate the Convener, Dr. Layo Abiola and her team for organising this event. It is not only thoughtful, it is impactful and I believe will go a long way in contributing to the wellbeing of the warriors, a situation that will have immense benefit for the University, and the society at large.

The Keynote Speaker at this auspicious event, the home-girl, our own Professor B. B. Lafiaji-Okuneye, I specifically appreciate you for doing us the honour to speak today. The importance of your presence here today cannot be quantified.

The theme of the event “Sickle Cell Disorder:The Battles,The Fears,The Triumph” is apt as it captures the often unvoiced struggles of the carriers who have been fittingly termed “warriors” and is set to illuminate the paths to give them victory, for theirs is a fierce battle.

Without pre-empting the Speaker, research shows that Sickle Cell disorder, a group of inherited health conditions that affect the red blood cells is particularly common in people of African or Carribbean decent. And while the disorder posses a great challenge to the carrier, treatments can assist in the mitigation of many of the associated symptoms of same, although such treatments are quite expensive in this part of the world.

 However, we can all agree that as warriors, it is very possible to have a great life, in the midst of the challenge. I therefore encourage you to be inspired by the stories of individuals who have gone beyond the challenges of their Sickle Cell disorders and are living productive lives. As you march on steadily towards triuphing over this challenge, I encourage you to take seriously the advise and prescriptions of medical science in this regard. Be diligent in seeking and taking medical guidance and prescriptions and be prayerful too, because God is the giver of good health. As a University, we will continue to support platforms like this that seek to make life better and easier for you. Under my Administration,  you will not be marginalised in any way.

Once again, I specially congratulate and appreciate the organisers of the event for this great feat, and our Keynote Speaker for your immeasurable contributions to this discourse.

Finally, I encourage everyone to pay rapt attention to our Keynote Speaker as  she makes her presentation because we all have something to learn.

Thank you all for listening.

We Are LASU! We Are Great!!!

Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola OLATUNJI-BELLO, Ph.D., mni Vice Chancellor