UNICAL VC charges MLS inductees on exemplary lifestyle

Unical VC, Prof. Zana Akpagu presenting certificate to one of the inductees

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has charged graduands of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) to be law abiding citizens forging an exemplary lifestyle worthy of emulation by their predecessors.

Prof. Akpagu gave the charge while declaring open the 16th Induction/Oath Taking ceremony of the MLS Department held at the Institutions International Conference Centre recently.

The Vice Chancellor advised the inductees to be dedicated in carrying out their professional practice saying it is key to enhanced productivity especially when prime value is placed on the sanctity of life.

The University helmsman used the occasion to commend the lecturers and other members of faculty for their efforts in ensuring the students are well groomed both in character and learning, and the inductees parents/guardians for all the sacrifices made to see them through the period of training.

While congratulating the 86 inductees for successfully completing their study, the University administrator reiterated Managements commitment to continue doing her best to add value to every obtainable quality.

In his remarks, the Registrar/CEO, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Mr. Torsan Erhabor lauded the Vice Chancellor's immense contribution to the development of the Department and indeed the College of Medical Sciences.

He encouraged the inductees not to forget their alma mater, teachers and parents who all stood in the gap for them throughout their school days.

The MLSCN Registrar cautioned against putting themselves up for NYSC mobilization before going through the one year mandatory Internship or, repeating the Internship for pecuniary reasons.

He also appealed to the Management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) to absorb the inductees for the internship.

Also speaking, the Provost, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Prof. Victor Ansa admonished the inductees to discharge their duties with a sense of responsibility taking into cognizance the fact that human life is concerned, urging them to always seek to cooperate with their colleagues and other health sector professionals.

Similarly, the Dean, Allied Medical Sciences, Prof. Idongesit Akpabio in a goodwill message said the excellent achievement of the graduands culminating in the induction/oath-taking is a key that will open up for them opportunity for greater exploits in the society having acquired requisite skills to be professionals.

Responding on behalf the inductees, the Best Graduating Student for the 2017/2018 class, Miss Areta Peter Asuquo while congratulating her colleagues, acknowledged that hard work pays and said, Medals and trophies will fade overtime, but the fulfillment of being able to stretch beyond ones breaking point is an honour that lasts a lifetime.

Miss Areta advised her junior colleagues to trust God for success while working hard, adding that, excellence is not a skill, but an attitude, even as she expressed the class profound gratitude to their parents, lecturers, the University Management and all those who contributed in no small measure to the success of their aspirations.

The highpoints of the event were the administration of oath by the Registrar, MLSCN, Mr. Torsan Erhabor assisted by the HOD of MLS, Dr (Mrs.) I. B. Otu-Bassey; taking the three bows moderated by the College secretary, Mr. Michael B. Monity, and an Induction Lecture titled, Inappropriate Practice of the Profession of Medical Laboratory Science in Nigeria: Repercussions and Sanctions delivered by Dr. (Mrs.) Ofonime M. Ogba.

The event also featured presentations of awards of excellence to outstanding and deserving inductees, as well as a commemorative plaque to the Induction Lecturer.
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