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The Old Great Hall of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, was full of glamour and vitality as newly graduating students of the department of Physiotherapy were inducted into the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria on Tuesday, February 8, 2020.The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, who was ably represented by Professor Oluwole Familoni (Academics & Research), was full of praise to the Provost, Academic and Non-teaching staff for training the students in the best practices. He congratulated the parents as well as the Inductees for achieving this feat and adjured them to be good ambassadors of the University.

The Provost, Professor F.E.A. Lesi, on behalf of the Management, staff, and students of the College and the entire University, applauded the students for attaining this critical milestone in their career through their hard work, perseverance, and obedience to constituted authorities during their training. He admonished them to “change their narrative” by telling their own story as great Physiotherapists as others have done. The College Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Obafemi-Moses, FNIM in his address, commended the parents for providing financial and spiritual support to the inductees. He informed them to hold their heads high wherever they find themselves and to remember that they have received the best training from the College.

The Guest lecturer, Dr. (Mrs.) Stella Olubunmi Oyefesobi (DPT) Head, Physiotherapy Department of Lagoon Hospital and one of the earliest Physiotherapists to have acquired the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).  She is an Alumnus of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and a member of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists of Nigeria and the American Physical Therapy Association. In her lecture, she explained her exploits as a student of the College and how she traveled to compete with counterparts in the western world. She charged the inductees’ to stand out and learn how to relate professionally. Thereafter, the Registrar/CEO, Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria Dr. (Mrs.) O.T. Akanle anchored the Oath-taking and presentation of certificates to the inductees, charged them to be professionals in their duties, and be good ambassadors to the profession.

The Ag. Head of Department Dr. A.I. Aiyegbusi anchored the Presentation of awards to Miss Itodo Joy Owole who emerged the Overall best student with Distinction and the best in Physiotherapy Clinical Practice. Miss Onyemalu, Lauretha Chinwendu received the award for 2nd Best student with Distinction and best Research while Akintola, Oluwatosin Ololade received for the 3rd best student. A distinguished Physiotherapist award was given to Deputy Provost CMUL, Prof. S.R.A. Akinbo, while the Guest Lecturer and the Regina Mundi Home for the elderly also received appreciation plaques.  The Chairman of the CMUL Alumni, Hon. Jibayo Adeyeye who was represented by Dr. D.O. Odebiyi implored for the inductees’ to remember their Alma-Mater and be willing to give back to the College.

Present at the induction ceremony were: Engr. N.I. Sobande (Director of Engineering), Mr. S.A. Akinade (Director of Finance), Prof. J.D. Adeyemi (Dean Clinical Sciences), Prof. Magbagbeola (Dean Basic Medical Sciences), Prof. K.A. Odeyemi (Director of Students Affairs) Mr. Kayode-Owotutu (Deputy College Secretary Academic Affairs),  Representative of the Director of Administration, LUTH Mr. Fawehimi and Past Chairman Regulatory Rehabilitation Board Col. Dr. P.O. Mogbo, among others.