The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has rolled out its pioneer dental surgeons since inception in 1960. Speaking at the swearing - in ceremony of the 13 dental surgeons at an event which held at the Rotary Hall of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, weekend, the deputy vice chancellor, Academic, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, charged the graduands to shun truancy and greed but to always show love to their patients and maintain the high standard for which UNN is known.
Asuzu, who represented the vice chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo, at the occasion, expressed joy that despite the initial difficulty, the institution has now made history by graduating its pioneer dental surgeons, following recent accreditation of the Dental School by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
He, however, called for the participation of the private sector in the funding of university education in the country, saying the era when universities depended only on government for funding has gone. He noted that great universities globally now rely on their alumni for grants to carry out capital projects.
The Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, UNN, Dr. Mrs. Oge Okoye, described the 13 young dental surgeons as warriors and history makers, stressing that they have been grounded in character and learning and could compete favourably with their peers anywhere in the world.
Oge, who praised the Provost, College of Medicine, UNN, Prof Basden Onwubere, for standing by their side during the struggle for accreditation as well as the vice chancellor, Prof. Okolo, for his support, recalled that the accreditation of the Dental School was secured 29 years, after initial commencement of dental programme at the University of Nigeria.
UNN is the only university offering dentistry in South-east Nigeria. Administering the physicians' oath on the new surgeons , on behalf of the registrar, MDCN , Onwubere, warned them against unethical practices in the discharge of their duties, saying the university would be using members of its alumni association globally to monitor their performance.
Onwubere commended the pioneer dental surgeons for their rare brilliance, having recorded 100 percent success in their final year examination, which attracted a laud applause from the university senate during their just concluded meeting.