UNIMAID Inducts 82 Medical Doctors

The Provost College of Medical Sciences, Professor Mohammed Bukar, delivering his keynote address

The University of Maiduguri is committed to improving the quality and standard of its graduates in various fields to compete favourably with its peers across the length and breadth of the country and beyond. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, during the 44th MBBS Attestation Ceremony of the College of Medical Sciences of the University held at the Convocation Square on Wednesday 20th January 2020.

Professor Shugaba noted that in line with the request of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the University has created four additional faculties in the College of Medical Sciences. Thus, it is hoped that the Council will now approve the increase of intake of students of the College from 150 to 200 so as to take care of the health needs of the teeming citizens in the North-east sub-region. The University, he said, has already settled all its financial commitments with the Council and intends to invite it for verification of all facilities put in place in the College as requested. The VC used the occasion to commend the efforts put in by the staff of the College of Medical Sciences in ensuring the successful training of the 82 medical doctors. The College, he informed the audience, has since inception produced two thousand eight hundred and five (2,805) doctors adding that the number indicates the resolve of the College towards providing the much-needed manpower within the immediate community and beyond. Professor Shugaba therefore appealed to the new doctors to keep to the oath and ethics of their profession and continue to serve the society with dedication and high sense of responsibility. He added that he is confident they will add to the strength and prestige of the medical profession as well as contribute significantly to its success.

He then congratulated the new inductees for achieving a milestone in their chosen career and urged them to maintain cordial relationship with their patients and the society. Administering the Oath of Allegiance on the inductees, the Registrar Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr. T.A.B. Sanusi, congratulated them for being part of thousands of other professional human service providers across the country and urged them to abide by the core professional ethics of the profession, stressing that the Council will take disciplinary action against any errant behaviour from them.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Shugaba (Second from right), in a handshake with one of the inductees while other principal officers at the occasion look on

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Provost College of Medical Sciences, Professor Mohammed Bukar, stated that the occasion is historic because the attestation ceremony is the first to be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, and at the same time an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of the College of Medical Sciences to its immediate environment and the sub-region.

Professor Bukar pointed that the College is making a bumper harvest from its reinvigorated committee system. From the feedback received from these various committees, he said, the College was able to develop a blueprint that will take it to the next level, adding that the College now has a mechanism whereby lecturers are evaluated by students. This he said was designed to improve service delivery to the students and to further enhance the teaching capacity of lecturers.

In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Professor Ahmed Ahidjo, urged the inductees to be at their best and be guided by their professional ethics and conduct while practicing their chosen profession. In a valedictory speech on behalf of the other inductees, Dr. Adam Haruna commended the staff of the College and the University Management for their dedication and commitment towards ensuring that they got the best during their learning process, and also used the occasion to thank their parents and guardians for offering them the best support and assistance during the course of their studies.