Unijos Holds 2nd Valedictory Lecture


Mentorship has been identified as a critical factor in encouraging younger professionals attain their full potential.

This was the central theme of the message delivered at the 2nd University of Jos Valedictory Lecture titled "Freely You Received, Freely Pass It On" (Training Gastroenterologists in Nigeria) by Professor Abraham Orkurga Malu (OON), a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist of the University of Jos and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) held at the Multipurpose Auditorium, Bauchi Road Campus.

Professor Malu encouraged Medical professionals to contribute to the manpower and human capital development needs of the Country and said he has mentored over Forty trainees who are now practicing as Medical Doctors both within and outside Nigeria.

Professor Malu who recently retired from the services of the University of Jos, described Endoscopy as a minimally invasive procedure carried out by inserting a long, thin tube directly into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail.  He outlined some difficulties militating against the widespread use of Endoscopy services to include lack of trained manpower, lack of awareness among healthcare professionals of the usefulness of Endoscopy and lack of maintenance facilities which must be addressed in the face of competing demands.

Vice-chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako who spoke through the Institution's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Gray Goziem Ejikeme observed that the Valedictory Lecturer is still useful to the educational system and has a lot more to contribute.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the productive and positive contributions of the University’s College of Health Sciences to the health care industry and urged other professionals to be a blessing to their upcoming colleagues by way of mentorship.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom represented by the State's Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Joseph Ngbea congratulated the erudite Professor for his laudable contribution to the development and impact created in ensuring quality healthcare delivery.

Dr. Ngbea said Professor Malu has made the Government good people of Benue State proud being the first Professor of Medicine from the State saying others too must contribute towards touching lives and proffering solutions that will ameliorate the challenges Nigerians face in different facets of life.

Provost of the College of Health Sciences, University of Jos, Professor Simon Yiltok encouraged other colleagues to contribute their own quota towards the growth of the system. Yiltok also stressed the need to make Valedictory Lectures a more respected University tradition.

A free viral Hepatitis screening and dinner party were organized in honour of the Celebrant as part of the event.

Prof Malu Receiving Plaque

Report by Rejoice Paul, Information and Publications Division