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UNILAG Pro-Chancellor Advises Medical Graduates Against Leaving Nigeria

Dr. Wale Babalakin. Photo: Punch
Dr. Wale Babalakin. Photo: Punch

Dr. Wale Babalakin, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Board has urged the medical graduate of the institution to consider an escape from the country in search of greener pastures as second option.

Babalakin gave the advice at the day-two of the institution’s one week 50th convocation ceremonies, saying it would be an avoidable temptation.

Dr. Babalakin, who congratulated the graduates from eight faculties, urged them to study carefully the profiles of outstanding graduates of the institution, who despite their unrivalled professional excellence, returned to Nigeria and the university to render selfless services in love of their fatherland.

“Studying medicine at the University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, is particularly difficult and many of you have gone through the rigorous of the various routes and are now graduates today. It is tempting to see your qualifications as a stepping stone to escape out of Nigeria.

“It is tempting to see this as an escape route from the country, let escape from Nigeria be a second choice. Join in the crusade to reposition the Nigerian medical practice and profession. Let your qualification be an opportunity to reposition the College of Medicine. Your choice is to make Nigeria attractive again,” he said.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, in his welcome address, gave a breakdown of the graduates as 137 in Basic Medical Sciences, 294 Clinical Sciences, 56 Dental Sciences, 510 Engineering and 272 Law graduates.

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