Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Professor Mike Adikwu, has called on the Federal Government to consider increasing the admission quota for the Veterinary Medicine programme at the university. Adikwu spoke in Abuja when the university graduated the third set of its Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.
He spoke through the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor S. A Asala, at the third induction ceremony of the new Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, held at the university’s main campus. The Vice said that the programme is now stable with adequate facilities and running on schedule. He said that the third oath taking, showed that the faculty is now steady after going through the turbulent period of the Veterinary Medicine programme.
According to Adikwu, many candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and qualified for admission had chosen the University of Abuja, but only a few would be admitted because of the low admission quota allocated to it. The vice-chancellor said facilities at the university for training the veterinary doctors had been certified to be up to standard; hence the accreditation accorded the programme already by the relevant bodies. He advised the new doctors to be disciplined and protect the integrity of their profession, at all times.
Speaking also, the President of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, VCN, Professor G. H. Sharubutu, lauded the graduates of the faculty, saying he was yet to receive any report of unethical conduct about those that graduated earlier and urged the new inductees to emulate their predecessors. Adding, the training being offered and the monitoring activity of the Council has been confirmed to be adequate, evident in the induction of the third set of graduates.
The President of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, NVMA, Dr. Amos Edgar on his part, said that a lot of opportunities await graduates of Veterinary Medicine, but warned that there were also challenges with the opportunities; therefore the graduates need to persevere and strive to be successful.
He urged them to contribute to the development of their society by diversifying and harnessing the various livestock resources abundant in the country, adding that diseases such as Ebola and others are also opportunities for the new doctors to make their mark in the society.
The Registrar of yeN, Dr. A.M. Avong, while administering the oath on the seven inductees, said that with the induction, the new veterinary doctors had the license to practice their profession anywhere in the country and advised them to be disciplined to avoid a revocation of their licenses.
Meanwhile, the Governing Council of the University of Abuja has approved the promotion of six senior academics to the rank of professor following the receipt of positive assessments of their publications.
A statement by the University’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr. Waziri Garba, in Abuja said the Council approved the promotions during its 69th regular meeting held on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th December, 2014 which considered the report of the external assessors and recommendation for other staff promotions.

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