Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, obtained the passage of Professor Tam David-West into eternity with considerable peril and regrets.
The Professor of Virology, who died after being admitted at the University College Neatly being facility (UCH), Ibadan after a short illness.
He was a recipient of CACOL Integrity Award (CIA) in 2013, in recognition of his meritorious provider to fatherland and humanity on the total; as well to his uncompromising integrity and disdain for spacious corruption and selfishness which he thought to be the twin-reason within the abet of Nigeria’s woes.
Debo Adeniran, executive chairman, CACOL, in an announcement acknowledged Tam David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, in what’s in this present day’s Rivers Tell.
He got his bigger training at the University of Ibadan (1956-1958) and earned a B.Sc. diploma at Michigan Tell University, 1958-1960, an MSc diploma at Yale University, 1960-1962, and a PhD diploma at McGill University between 1964 and 1966.
He was at Yale University when Nigeria attained independence on 1st October, 1960, and recollected how pleased and proud he was when the Association he served because the President (the World college students in Yale) held a occasion in commemoration of Nigeria’s independence with considerable hope and expectation for the contemporary nation.
After his reviews, he returned to Nigeria and grew to change into a specialist virologist and senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1969 and subsequently got promoted to professor of virology in 1975 at the apt college where he lectured for about a years.
Professor Tam David-West was a profound tutorial that authored many tutorial papers in virology which seemed in scholarly journals much like Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology (1966), Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1973), Inter-virology (1974), and Journal of Hygiene (1974).
Later in 1980, he wrote the ebook, ‘Philosophical Essays: Reflections on the Appropriate Lifestyles’, whereby he printed himself as a follower of British analytic thinker and social critic, Bertrand Russell.
His paper at the annual public lecture of the University of Ibadan in 1981 in philosophy titled, “God, Nature and the Universe”, stays profound on human be taught about for working out and comprehension of the thriller of existentialism till date.
His resolution to back his of us began spherical 1975 and 1979 when he was made the commissioner for training and a member of the Govt Council of Rivers Tell.
He was also a member of the 50-particular person Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) of the Federal Militia Authorities of Classic Muritala Ramat Muhammed.
He later served as Federal Minister of petroleum and energy below the defense power authorities of Muhammadu Buhari and as Minister of Mines, Energy, and Steel below Classic Ibrahim Babangida.
He was at final removed as minister and arrested by the Babangida regime for allegedly contributing to the industrial adversity of the country on a designate of ingesting tea and accepting a wristwatch but he was later discharged and acquitted by a Particular Appeal Court on 8 August 1991.
It was after his acquittal that Professor Tam David-West decided to, largely, stays out of partisan politics and morphed into an outspoken and controversial critic of successive governments.
He nonetheless remained a vocal supporter of Muhammadu Buhari, his ragged boss on whom he wrote two books: “Who In point of fact Is Classic Muhammadu Buhari and The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of Classic Muhammadu Buhari? The principle was launched in 2009, and the 2nd in 2010.
It was in recognition of the consistency and clarity of this principled and highly cerebral patriot, that the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership.
CACOL, in 2013 unanimously elected to honour and treasure this prodigy, by giving him the CACOL’s Integrity Award (CIA) which he obtained with yet another illustrious Nigerian, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, SAM (put up humous) in recognition of a existence of provider and integrity.
He seized the occasion to uncover how considerable he valued CACOL’s award as he had handiest currently rejected a nationwide honour.
In holding with him, ‘some of those that might perchance perchance presumably stand earlier than us at the rostrum are thieves’. Nigeria would with out a doubt omit his frank and purpose diagnosis and commentaries on points of nationwide importance.
Adieu to a particular person of honour.