Posted on Aou 04 2020

[Photo: Gbenga Elijah receives his award for brilliant academic performance]

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria formally inducted 46 of newly qualified Nursing graduates of Babcock University in Nigeria’s Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State into the professional body during a virtual ceremony held Thursday, July 16, 2020.

President/Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ademola S. Tayo described the University’s 13th induction ceremony as “historic and first of its kind.”

Though not more than a quarter of the inductees were physically present in compliance with government’s protocol on social distancing following the Covid-19 pandemic, it proffered opportunity for the graduates to move on with their lives.

[Photo: Inductees ready to take their oath]

Professor Tayo and other officers charged the graduates to be real change agents and reflect positive values in the discharge of their duties.

“You must be good ambassadors of Babcock,” said Prof. Tayo, “Nursing is selflessness and love. You owe it to society to turn your knowledge into nurture and care.”

He equally implored them to build their future on integrity, a compassionate lifestyle and professional ethics signified by the lighted candles.

In her paper, “Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Role of the Nurse, guest speaker, Prof. Omolola Irinoye, of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, called on the inductees to constantly seek knowledge, manage emotional drainage and glean lessons from previous epidemics as well as conceptualize programmes in coping with Covid-19.

The Council’s Secretary-General/Registrar Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, represented by one of the NNMC’s Directors, Mrs. Stella Godswill encouraged the inductees to raise the bar of professional standards and uphold the moral values imbibed in their training.

Similarly, the Dean of the School of Nursing, Prof. Ezekiel Ajao, encouraged the new inductees to honour the professional code of conduct.

“I charge you to be temperate at all times,” he said. “Be considerate, patient and Christ-like. Be assertive in an intelligent way. Be a team-player and go into the world to be an angel of light.”

Echoing similar counsel, Associate Vice President Institutional Effectiveness, Prof Constance Nwosu said, “You must work as Christ did and go beyond the call of duty to give your patients all round care.”

“Be a source of hope and cause people to give the glory to God. Even if they die, they will die knowing someone cared,” she added.

Beyond counsel, Senior Vice President Academics, Prof. Iheanyichukwu Okoro presented plaques to the best three graduating students: Chinweuche Ajaegbu, Gbenga Elijah and Kafayat Lawal. 

“Babcock helped me realize my dreams of acquiring my Bachelor in Nursing Sciences,” said Elijah who is already a registered Nurse. “Thank God for crowning my efforts with success.”


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