The Vice Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu, Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu has called on the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to come to a round table to resolve the lingering strike which has impacted negatively to the country’s education sector.
Professor Ogbulu who was speaking during the 7th Induction/ swearing in ceremony of 128 (One Hundred and Twenty Eight) Graduating Nurses of Abia State University Uturu held at the University Auditorium urged the graduands to always strive to be good Ambassadors of the University by abiding by the principles of the Nursing profession.
The Vice Chancellor thanked the Governor and Visitor to the University Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his continued support to the University especially restoring security around the University environment as well as Parents for the sacrifices made to ensure the success of the graduands.
Also speaking, the Registrar/Secretary General, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, NMCN, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar represented by Mrs Margret Eze said the council will continue to monitor strictly the activities of Nurses and will not fail to withdraw the license of any Nurse who engage in sharp practices.
In their separate speeches, the Provost College of Medicine and Health Sciences Professor S.N.Onwere, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Candy Ahuama and the Head of Department Nursing Science ABSU Mrs Sarah Kanu, advised the graduands to put their patients first before self, practice according to the ethics of the Nursing profession as well as strive to improve themselves through the Continuing Programme Development .
Delivering a lecture on the topic “Nurses, a voice to lead: identifying global best practices in Nursing, a guest lecturer from Imo State University Dr Chinelo Vincent described Nurses as the largest healthcare providers and the back bone of healthcare delivery and charged the graduands to work hard to make their voices heard as well as make impact in the profession.
In her Valedictory speech, the best graduating student, Ijeoma Odumishi expressed gratitude to God for a successful academic journey as well as the University community and their parents for moulding them into responsible and useful citizens and promised to keep the flag flying.
Highpoints of the induction ceremony were the administration of induction oath and presentation of licences to the graduands.
The University Management, many parents/guardians with friends and wishers attended the colourful ceremony.