It has been evident that the series of human and infrastructural developments brought to being at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), by the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adekunle Ajayi, were not only noted but recognised by outside world; as Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ado-Ekiti awarded the trailblazer for Excellence in Medical Practice and Community Development.
The CMD, who was given the award along other selected dignitaries on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, during the 17th Anniversary of NTA in the state, was described by the largest television network in Nigeria as a personality who has demonstrated dynamism and creativity to change the story of healthcare in Ekiti and FETHI in particular.
Prof. Ajayi, who hailed from Igogo-Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area of the State, was presented with the award by his own Royal Father, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Barr) Sunday Adewumi, the Onigogo of Igogo-Ekiti.
The monarch lauded the giant strides of the CMD in the hospital and described him as one of the industrious and resourceful sons of the soil in whom he has often expressed pride and undoubted confidence.
While acknowledging the receipt of the award, Prof. Ajayi thanked all the invited guests, the awardees and specially the Onigogo of Igogo-Ekiti and Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Dioceses, Bishop Ajakaye for honouring the occasion.
He expressed gratitude to the station for the recognition and stressed the corresponding responsibilities attached with receiving awards; adding that, “Every award you take for doing well is adding pressure on you to do better. With this award now, you are sending me again to go and do more, and I promise you that I will go and do more.”
The CMD later dedicated the Award of Excellence to two categories of people, his late father, who he said out of nothing brought out something in him and the Board of Management and Entire Members of Staff of the hospital, for their unflinching support which he claimed had aided his performances over the years.
Distinguished dignitaries who also received awards with him were but not limited to the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, the Founder of New Cruise 92.7FM, Ikere-Ekiti, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Senate Committee Chairman on Judicial, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (M. O. B) and Deputy Minority Chief Whip in the Senate, Senator Abiodun Olujimi.
Among the entourage of the CMD were the CMAC, Dr. Idowu Adebara, Director of Admin, High Chief B. O. Ogunrinde, Asst. Director of Admin, Mrs Folusho Adelegan, Asst. Director, Information/Corporate Affairs, Mr Bank Akinnuoye, Asst. Director of Finance and Accounts, Mrs Yemi Olayisade, Chief Admin Officer (CMD’s Office), Mr Yomi Fayigbe, Head of Legal, Mrs Oluwaseun Ojo, MLS Falayi, Head of Community Relations, Mr Wale Coker, Mrs Tosin Osasona and host of others.