By James, Michael Igiri
The Medical and Dental class of 2017 have been charged to be agents of change in the society by
working with empathy and not with sympathy.
Speaking at the Induction Ceremony of the 2016/17 Graduating Medical and Dental Students, which
held, Wednesday, at the New Great Hall, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, the Provost,
College of Medicine, Prof. Folusho Leshi, congratulated the graduating set and their parents for the
feat achieved, and welcomed them into what he called, “the noble profession”.
Prof. Leshi, lamented the incessant strikes that have so far plagued the healthcare system in Nigeria,
admitting that although a lot more needed to be done to create an enabling environment for practice
within the industry, professionals are still required to do their best within the existing conditions.
“One of the major challenges the healthcare industry is facing is the constant acrimony and disruption
of services in the healthcare professional space.
“More ominous is the persistent, unrelenting brain-drain of not only the senior doctors but the new
graduates across all professionals who seem disillusioned by what they see around them. It appears
that we leaders have failed the next generation and Nigeria is the loser.”
He however stated that, despite the bleakness, the good news is that their is hope.
“The power to change a trend and nation resides in every individual to be the change agent. Recently,
President Macron of France, in an interactive session moderated by the Tony Elumelu Foundation for
young African Entrepreneurs from 54 countries, declared that they, the young African Entrepreneurs,
are the key to Africa’s economic transformation. He challenged young Nigerians to build their future
at home and to never retreat from seeking leadership positions.”
Prof. Leshi, concluded by charging the new inductees on the need to exude excellence and passion in
the course of doing their duties.
“I therefore charge you to remember that if you are willing to do more than you are paid to do,
eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. I also want you to practice this profession with
conscience and dignity and enter into the leadership potential that most of you have already.”