No fewer than 48 newly qualified medical doctors trained by the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, were admitted into the profession at the 32nd professional initiation of Batch B 2016 medical graduates.
Speaking at the event, Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, Dr. Abdulmumin Ibrahim, who was represented by the Director, Kwara State Hospital Services, Dr Zinat Saadu, tasked the new medics on the principles of firmness, fairness, justice and mercy
in the discharge of their responsibilities.
While urging them to be guided by the ethics of the
profession, the MDCN boss said “Your profession is service to humanity and above all, in whatever you do, whatever you say, say so with honour and dignity. In life, it is not how much money you make that matters; it is not how much connection you have, it is not even how many degrees you earn that matters, but what matters
ultimately, is what happiness you have given to the next person.”
In his opening remarks, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya, observed that medicine was not an easy discipline.
Lamenting the huge disparity in the ratio of medical doctors to over 170 million Nigerians, the vice-chancellor said, “Nigerians need as many doctors as they can get. So, as tough as the course is, we still need more doctors to man our hospitals, This is the reason why we are happy today that we are contributing more doctors to medical facilities in Nigeria and to humanity.”
In his address, the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. W. B Johnson, commended the new medics “for successfully passing through the difficult ‘landmines’ of medical training of our college and emerging at the ‘end of the tunnel’ unscathed.”
The provost, who lauded the unprecedented commitment of the vice-chancellor towards ensuring the growth and
sustenance of the college, spoke extensively on the accomplishments recorded by the college with the support of the university administration.
According to him, these achievements include ensuring full accreditation of the departments of medicine, anatomy and physiology by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and relevant professional bodies.
The provost disclosed that plans are in the pipeline to
introduce a wider spectrum of health-related discipline in the college to include physiotherapy, medical laboratory technology, radiography and dentistry.
“The comprehensive equipment and functional sustenance of our clinical skills laboratory is a feat that has now
become the 21st century MDCN and NUC–prescribed benchmark for clinical training in Nigeria,” he stated.
While pointing out that there has been tremendous development in the area of infrastructure which was made possible by the judicious and appropriate deployment of the Needs Assessment Fund from the federal
government, Prof. Johnson suggested that the recently completed 6.5km connecting road between the college and the main campus be named ‘Ambali Avenue.’
The provost acknowledged the graduating class as the ‘Primus Inter Pares’ or first among equals, as, according to him, “they are “undoubtedly unique for their avowed battle against mediocrity, quiet diplomacy, constructive unionism and a penchant for wanting to leave indelible legacies”.
He enjoined the inductees “not to hesitate to flaunt (non-arrogantly though) the soundness of their training in this medical school, as one that is qualitatively comprehensive and nulli secundum (second to none).”
In his goodwill message, the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kwara State branch, Dr Abubakar Ayinla, represented by Dr Durotoye Idayat, welcomed the new medics to the association and urged them to imbibe high ethical standards.
Addressing the new doctors, Coordinator of Unilorin Medical Graduands Association, Prof. A. Fawole, enjoined them as alumni of the institution, to join in making the university better.
Representative of the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr Zinat Saadu, administered the Physician’s Oath on the new graduands.