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Unijos Graduates 60 Medical Doctors, Mounts Physiotherapy, Radiography Programmes

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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on Friday, in Jos inducted 60 qualified graduates of University of Jos as medical doctors.

Registrar of the council, Dr T. A. B Sanusi, who administered the oath on the new physicians, charged them to adhere to the ethics of the profession.

Sanusi who was represented  by the Council’s Head of Registration, Dr Henry Okwuokenye, advised the new doctors to always give their best as they would be dealing with human lives.

“You must be very careful as you are no longer students but doctors who would be dealing with human lives.
“Respect your senior colleagues and teachers as there is still much for you to learn from them.
“Always remember that first degree is not the end of studies in medical profession, you must keep updating your knowledge in order to be abreast of current issues and diseases.

“I wish to also advise you not to be in a hurry to go abroad because many that have rushed out are regretting their actions,” he advised.

Prof. Sabastian Maimako, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, said  that so much had been put in by government,  the university and the teaching hospital as well as individual families to bring up the inductees.“This is our contribution as a training institution to to country’s healthcare system, knowing fully well the brain drain of our medical doctors to other climes.“This brain drain is a great loss not only to the country’s investment but also the loss of skilled manpower that would have been available for our people,” he lamented.

Maimako, who was represented by Prof. Tanko Ishaya, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, said that the university would spare no efforts at building infrastructure and human capacity within the available resources to make the institution to be amongst the best.The vice chancellor said that the College of Health Sciences would be a beneficiary of the efforts.He announced that the university would soon invite the MDCN registrar to accredit the school’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme.

According to him, the university was expecting the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the last quarter of 2019 for the accreditation of the BDS programme.

“We will continue to do our best to access what is due to us from TetFund and other funding agencies to enable us build more infrastructure for the university.

“The good news is that we have received funding from TetFund for the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture as well as to complete the abandoned multipurpose lecture theatre of the College.“I believe the college has a pool of alumni that can assist the college and university to provide infrastructure as part of giving back to their Alma mater,”he added.

Dr Alkali Mohammed, Chief Medical Director, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Teaching Hospital, was the medical elder at the induction.

Mohammed advised the inductees to do their best saying, good product sold more.The medical elder also told the graduands to consider the ethics of the profession as a guide. (NAN)

UniJos Mounts Physiotherapy, Radiography Programmes

Prof. Simon Yiltok, Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Jos, says the college is considering starting two new programmes in physiotherapy and radiography.

Yiltok made the disclosure on Friday, at the induction of 60 newly-qualified graduates of the institution.He said that there was already infrastructure for the take-off of the programmes as the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) old site would house the programmes.“The new programmes will not only add to the needed manpower in the heath care industry  of this country but also reduce the pressure for admission into our existing programmes by adding alternatives.“I am yet to see a graduate of physiotherapy who is an indigene of Plateau,” he said.The provost said that the induction ceremony was a mandatory process that would enable the inductees to commence their career having satisfied the requirements of academic and professional competence.He that the inductees that were from Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) took professional examination that were held between April and August.He said the graduands were taught by the best lecturers/doctors in the classroom, laboratories, clinics, emergency rooms, theatres and other specialised units within and outside the hospital.“We have produced quality doctors that can be attested to globally as we have been having enormous support from the vice chancellor in both infrastructure and manpower,” Yiltok said.He, however, appealed to the vice chancellor to consider providing additional structures to enable the college to move completely to its permanent site in Lamingo.He also appealed to the vice chancellor to recruit more staff in critical areas of specialisation for teaching both undergraduate and postgraduates as well as research in almost all programmes. (NAN)

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Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede

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Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.

Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.

He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.

According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.

 

“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.

 

“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.

“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.

“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.

He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.

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UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.

Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.

Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.

He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.

“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.

“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.

“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.

“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said

He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.

“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.

“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.

“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)

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Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers

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The Osun government has approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 250 education officers to fill the existing vacancies in the teaching service in the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ademola Adeleke on Wednesday in Osogbo.

He said that the approval for the recruitment of teachers was sequel to the conclusion of the need assessment conducted by the government in 2023.

He said the council directed the Ministry of Education to fast track the process of recruiting qualified and competent hands to enhance teaching and learning.

According to him, the council has also approved the release of N1.

3 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Ora Igbomina water works in Ifedayo Local Government area. (NAN)

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