By Igbede Atanda, Lagos
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman University of Lagos(UNILAG) Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin has advised medical graduates of the institution to consider an escape from the country in search for greener pastures overseas as a second option.
He gave the charge at the day two of the university’s weeklong 50th convocation ceremonies, saying it would be an avoidable temptation.
Dr. Babalakin, who congratulated the 3,643 graduates from 8 faculties, urged them to study carefully the profiles of outstanding graduates of the university, who despite their unrivalled professional excellence, returned to Nigeria and the university to render selfless services in love of their fatherland.
He added, “Studying medicine at the University of Lagos, Idi-araba is particularly difficult and many of you have gone through the rigours 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 added.
The Chancellor commended graduates from the institution’s Distance Learning Institute (DLI) for their doggedness studying and combining the same with work.
Babalakin tasked the 1324 graduates from the part-time institute not to consider their certificates as a ticket to earn a living, but an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the development of the society.
Earlier, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Vice-Chancellor in his welcome address gave a breakdown of the graduates as 137 in Basic Medical Sciences, 294 Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences 56, Engineering 510, and Law 272 graduates.
Others according to the VC are Management Sciences 954, Pharmacy 96 and Distance Learning Institute (DLI) 1324.