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THE PROVOST, PROFESSOR DAVID ADEWALE OKE HOSTS 7TH PROFESSOR FELIX OLADEJO DOSEKUN MEMORIAL LECTURE: MEDICAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: THE CHALLENGES OF INFRASTRUCTURAL DECAY



–   As Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN delivers Lecture

The Provost, Professor David Adewale Oke hosted dignitaries on Thursday, 8th April, 2021 at the 7th Professor Felix Oladejo Dosekun Memorial Lecture. The event which was beamed on zoom platform globally to comply with the COVID 19 protocol had the Old Great Hall as venue for the Post-humus lecture organized Biennially in recognition of the late Professor Felix Oladejo Dosekun.

The Provost, Professor David Adewale Oke in his welcome address welcomed all the distinguished guests to the Biennial lecture in honour of the Late Professor Felix Oladejo Dosekun, who was the first Vice-Dean of the Lagos Medical School, First Deputy Provost and second Provost of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos as well as the first Emeritus Professor of the University of Lagos.

He said that the College considers it worthwhile to recognize and honour its staff who had made giant strides in the pursuit of excellence in medical education and biomedical research in line with the legacies of the first and second Provost of the College, Late Professor Horatio Oritsejolomi Thomas (HOT) and Professor Felix Oladejo Dosekun (FOD).

He lauded the efforts of the management of the College under the leadership of past and present Provosts who have leveraged on various networks to bridge the gap in funding developmental projects by reaching out to the Alumni, Corporate organisations as well as the Lagos State Government.

He expressed gratitude for the numerous contributions the College has received in cash and kind towards revamping its existing infrastructures and acquisition of new ones.

He appreciated the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was the Special Guest of Honour and his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu an Alumnus of the College. 

He then appealed to the State Government to come to the aid of the College to solve the transport problems of the students who take part in community immersion programs within and outside the state by donating the Marcopolo bus as discussed with his predecessor Professor F.E.A. Lesi.

In addition, he pleaded with the State Government to cede the Remand Home at the back of the College on Ojerinde Road to enable her use the space for the expansion of infrastructure. He also appealed to the Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu to donate generously to the College’s endowment fund.

Professor Oke also requested the State Government to assist the College in addressing the serious security and drainage problems being faced due to its locations between Idi-Araba and Mushin. He implored the State Government to help out in evacuating the waste and widening of the drainage on Ishaga and Ojerinde Roads towards Ilasamaja that will save the College from the incessant flood which regularly rendered its main gate unpleasant and hinders activities particularly when it rains.  He also called on the State 

Government to assist in curbing the menace of motor cyclists convergence along the College gate which constitutes hindrance to staff and visitors trying to gain access to the College.

He implored the Governor to intervene in the reallocation of another block of flats to compensate for the demolished block of six flats belonging to the College at Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa Isolo, in order to meet the housing needs of staff, and to assist in allocation of state-owned lands and houses for staff members to purchase or build their houses.  

He appreciated the guest lecturer, His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, for honouring the College and accepting to be the guest lecturer for the memorable event.

In his lecture titled: “Medical Education in Nigeria: The Challenges of Infrastructural Decay” Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, explained that infrastructure should not get to a state of total collapse or decay before steps are taken to maintain them. He also noted that what this speaks to is the creation of thousands of jobs for artisans, and reinforces the ideal that maintenance is not a culture which some people erroneously think that we lack. adding that maintenance is an economy which must be developed and nourished as an enterprise to employ people, and also to preserve the lifecycle of infrastructure.

According to him, whilst we undertake the survey of what is needed to develop the Medical Education of our dreams as a short to medium term objective, the undertaking of now, is the immediate rehabilitation and restoration of the assets of the College and LUTH; and the immediate inauguration of a maintenance plan.

He stressed that beyond the hardware of hospital infrastructure like buildings, equipment and personnel and their contribution to healthcare, there is the important matter of human behaviour which is the infrastructure of the mind.

 He urged the alumni of the College and all the stakeholders to contribute to the maintenance of medical school infrastructure while government should also strive to improve funding of the College.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwole Familoni, FAS, welcomed the guest speaker to the auspicious event organized to immortalize the late Professor Felix Dosekun. He urged everyone present offline and online to listen to the Honourable Minister of works and Housing do justice to the topic of the lecture.

 Also representing Her Excellency, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Lagos state Governor was Mrs Rhoda Ayinde who expressed the sincere apologies of the first lady for not being present but pledged her full support to her alma mater.

The Deputy Provost and Chairman, Organizing Committee FOD, Professor O.A.T. Ebuehi commended the Guest Speaker for a thought provoking lecture while also appreciating the presence of the wife of the Governor of Lagos state who was represented by the Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment and Training and other wives of commissioners and permanent secretaries in Lagos State.

Present at the event were the College Secretary, Dr. Olayinka Obafemi-Moses,FNIM; the Director of Finance Dr. S. A. Akinade; Director of Engineering Services, Engr. O. Oloyede;  Professors A. A. Oremosu (who was the MC); N.U.Okubadejo; C.A.N. Okoromah and many others.

The occasion also witnessed large turnout of guests on Zoom platform globally.