After months of intense politicking, horse-trading and maneuvering, the Association of Resident Doctors of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (ARD-LUTH) held an election whose outcome would resonate within and beyond the foremost tertiary hospital for a long time. It was an exercise in which the voice of idealism and vibrancy, as well as a blend of sparkling intelligence and a forward-looking worldview triumphed.
At the end of the voting, which attracted quite a healthy turnout of participants, the voice and choice of the resident doctors echoed loud and clear, as they elected a female candidate as their President – and in the process charted their desired course for a fresh breath of capability, capacity and competence.
In a keenly-contested vote, Dr Kemi Abiloye pulled a total vote of 170, leaving her rival, Dr Salau Oluwafemi with 32 votes, while 5 votes were voided.
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A graduate of the University of Lagos, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Member of both the West Africa College of Surgeons and the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria respectively, the new ARD-LUTH President is also Senior Registrar with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She brings her wealth of experience and expertise having served as Treasurer of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Lagos and as the immediate past General Secretary of the ARD-LUTH.
The full list of members of the Dr Abiloye-led Executive Committee for the 2022-2023 tenure is as follows:
Dr Adenuga Omogbolahan – Vice President
Dr Adesiyakan Adedotun – General Secretary
Dr Obiahu Paulinus- Assistant General Secretary
Dr Ajachukwu Placid – Financial Secretary
Dr Ayanlere Esther – Treasurer
Dr Shittu Taiwo – Welfare & Social Secretary