A total of 56 students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) medical college, Amaku, Awka, Anambra State were on Monday inducted as medical doctors from the institution.
Among the graduands was Dr. Raphael Ngige, first son to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
Speaking shortly after the induction, the minister expressed joy over his son’s successful graduation from the University he signed into existence in 2005 as governor of Anambra state.
He said the medical college of the institution had everything that parents needed to train their children, challenging Nigerians to train their wards in nation’s insitutions as part of efforts in rehabilitating public insitutions.
He said, “I’m a proud Nigerian and would do everything possible to support the growth of Nigerian insitutions.
“Rich Nigerians should patronise Nigerian universities by sending their children to study there. The only way to build a world class insitutions in the country is to patronise them and pay attention to them.
“If our children are in those local universities, we will do something to make them the best in the world.”
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Greg Nwakoby said the insitution followed all required steps in graduating the students amidst COVID-19 pandamic.
Nwakoby who was epresented by Prof Frank Akpuaka, said the students were trained, examined and graded according to the best professional practices.
“We went through the normal process and graduated them in accademic and character” he said.
Administering Oath of medical profesion on the doctors, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN Dr. T.B. Sanusi commended the insitution for graduating the doctors without compromising standard.
According to him, he was sure the new doctors would meet global expectations in the medical profession.
He challenged the graduads to live up to the expectations of their professional calling which was to save lives, warning that anyone found wanting in course of practising would have his or her operational liences withdrawn.
“Your main job is to save lives and money will come in after saving life” he said .
On his part, Provost of the college, Prof W.C Nwafia urged the newly inducted doctors to pursue their career with full respect to the ethic of the profession.