The First Taste of PAMO Varsity Convocation


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Last week, PAMO University of Medical Sciences rolled the drums to celebrate the fourth Founders Day and the first convening of the first group of its graduate students who went a long way in putting the school on the map. of the great institutions of the country, Benediction Ibunge writes

Flowing graduation gowns, cheerful faces of parents, family members, and photographers characterized the view of the generally calm campus. The occasion was the first convocation and fourth celebration of PAMO’s University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) Founders Day, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the students were officially pronounced “graduated. “. For students, years of study are a thing of the past.

Even the parents were not left out to share and document their joy and happiness on this special day. They thanked God for the institution, urging the leadership to ensure they continue to do the right thing and innovate in order to have an influx of applicants and students.

“I don’t mind putting all four of my kids here. In fact, my second child, a boy, is here. I will make sure that the third and last child comes here to school. I love everything about this place – the serenity, the hostel and the basic facilities, the security, the ICTs and the equipment. Everything is excellent. I hope the management of this place will keep it going, ”said relative Abigail Nwosu.

PAMO, Nigeria’s premier private medical university, offers courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), and Nursing.

Last weekend, 21 students were its first graduates, finishing a race that was widely accepted as worth the candle. The 21 students graduated from the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology.

As part of the activities to celebrate the occasion, the university had planned a three-day event starting December 17 with medical outreach in Elelenwo at Odani Community Town Hall, a novelty football game on December 18 beginning with the convening conference given by the executive secretary. of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed at the graduation and awards ceremony.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (ret.) Urged the federal government to support private universities through the Higher Education Trust Fund ( TETFund), among other interventions.

Abdulsalami, Chancellor of PUMS, called on state governments to support private institutions for educational development. He noted that the success of PUMS is a demonstration of what can be achieved when states step in to support the provision of private education in their respective states.

The former head of state noted that although the institution is only four years old, it has paved the way for other universities in the country.

“In the same vein, the federal government is called upon to support private institutions through trust funds for university education. It is also statutory for state governors to support the private institutions of their respective states, ”said Abdulsalami. “It is important because of the not too pleasant experience in other institutions.”

Abdulsalami praised the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike for awarding scholarships to natives of the state studying at the university.

Wike said the government and people of Rivers are thrilled with the creation of PUMS and the vast opportunities it provides for young people in the state to become competent medical professionals and practitioners. He said the state government has maintained and maintained a close, symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship with the university from its inception to date by identifying itself and materially contributing to its continued growth and progress. .

“In 2017, we instituted a special public scholarship, covering tuition, accommodation and food to encourage our Indigenous students to enjoy university and become graduates and professionals in fields of interest. We have religiously implemented this scholarship program for four consecutive years with almost 600 grantees in the last academic session, ”said Wike.

“Today I am very happy to note that all of the original Rivers State graduate students are publicly educated and trained Rivers State Government scholars. In addition to the scholarship, which now costs well over 2.9 billion naira to implement each year, we have also made several generous financial donations for the infrastructure development of the university.

He praised ex-Governor Peter Odili for establishing the first and only private medical university in the South-South.
Wike announced a 500 million naira grant to the institution, a graduate scholarship for top graduate student and a 5 million naira award for top graduate students in the department.

In his opening speech, Rasheed said private universities have continued to play a vital role in Nigeria’s national development. He said that PUMS is currently the 19th best private university and the 35th best out of 200 universities in Nigeria.

The institution’s pro-chancellor and chairman of the board, Dr Peter Odili, said PUMS management congratulated Wike on offering scholarships to more than 600 Rivers students to study medicine and higher education. university-related medicine course.

In addition to rewarding students, the occasion saw Abdulsalami and Wike receive honorary doctorates. While Abdulsalam received a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) Honoris Causa, Wike received a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa.

The founders of PUMS conceptualized the university as a world-class institution dedicated to training healthcare workers, including the country’s doctors and nurses.
The university has maintained standards and policies during its four years of existence. Not only is admission to the school strictly based on merit, with students residing on campus, but it also has zero tolerance for worship and other vices.

In order for students to fully concentrate on their studies and not show off their wealth, they are not allowed to use private cars on campus. Even visitors, parents and guardians are not allowed to have unscheduled visits.

In addition, the institution frowns on indecent clothing as students are not allowed to expose their bodies. The school has a dress code for conferences and official functions for students and officials.

PUMS boasts of auspicious classrooms, halls, laboratories and libraries, and its hostel has one bedroom for two students. All bedrooms are en-suite with a constant water supply and a water heater. The school is supplied with electricity 24 hours a day.

One of the university’s greatest strengths is having an existing teaching hospital established by its founder, a renowned physician established in the 1980s, called the PAMO Clinics and Hospitals Group.

The hospital has been at the forefront of providing high quality medical care and services to residents and visitors of Port Harcourt and Rivers State for almost 40 years. He has also provided high quality medical treatment and health promotion services spanning internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics to individuals, families and businesses spanning sectors such as energy, oil and gas, electricity, agriculture, and construction.

From take-off, the hospital helped students from the early stages to acquire the required medical knowledge and experience. This is different from other universities whose students are not exposed to the hospital experience until they reach level 400. Even so, management is currently constructing a gigantic four-story building on Aba Road which will house a full teaching hospital. .

In addition, the school has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rivers government and the State University Hospital, where its students undergo clinical training before completing construction of the PAMO University Hospital.

Full accreditation of the school’s courses and programs by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Council of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria, Medical Laboratory Council etc., made it a top choice for Nigerians seeking medical training.

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