Vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali has urged medical doctors in the country to desist from using strike option to settle issues, because they had a sacred mandate to preserve human lives, which could be jeopardised by incessant strikes.
Prof. Ambali made this appeal at the 31st professional initiation and admission ceremony for the 2015 Batch B medical graduands of the university held yesterday.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that ‎a total of 31 new medical doctors took the Hippocratic Oath at the ceremony.
In his address entitled ‘Noble and Divine,’ the VC said: “I want to use this medium to appeal to our doctors to avoid strike as much as possible not because they don’t have legitimate reasons but for the sake of the poor and vulnerable patients, whose lives and health depend on them.”
He further explained that the sanctity of human life remained inviolable and that doctors cannot be rewarded enough for their efforts, adding that their goals should be beyond the mundane or the pecuniary.
He submitted that the University of Ilorin would not relent in its pursuit of excellence, describing the university as a key international centre of excellence.
He stated further that the institution’s College of Health Sciences is one of the most reputable colleges of health sciences in Nigeria and beyond.
Prof. Ambali therefore urged the graduants to always make honesty, integrity, professionalism, hard work and sacrifice their watch words, as he counselled them not to lose connection with their God, noting that it takes God to succeed in every endeavour of life.
In his address, the provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Wahab Johnson disclosed that clinical training in the college had taken a giant innovative turn with the completion, comprehensive equipment and subsequent commissioning of its ultra-modern Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratory, CSSL.
Prof. Johnson added that the robust MB,BS programme of the college had continued to turn out, on yearly basis, well-trained medical doctors who had continued to contribute quantitatively and qualitatively to the health-care needs of the nation.
The provost said, “Indeed, with today’s 31st induction of 31 additional doctors, our medical school has produced 4,093 in our 38 years of existence. Over the years, the products of our medical programme are currently professors and medical administrators in several institutions within Nigeria and in the diaspora.”

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