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How to attract Nigerian doctors in diaspora, by neurological surgeon, Oyesiku

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Oyesiku, until his recent election as President of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, had been honoured in 2001 by the United States (U.S.) government as the best medical doctor in the country. Photo: PIXABAY

President of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, Prof. Nelson M. Oyesiku, has said that until the country puts in place a conducive working environment and “right” infrastructure, it would be extremely difficult for Nigerians to come home to settle.

He said that Nigerians in Diaspora were not willing to return home to assist in developing the country despite all pleadings because the environment and infrastructure for them to practise their profession “at a very high level” are lacking and until there is a positive change, the situation will remain the same.

“The professional environment and infrastructure are not good enough for them to practise at a very high level that they have been trained on,” he said.

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Oyesiku, until his recent election as President of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, had been honoured in 2001 by the United States (U.S.) government as the best medical doctor in the country.

He spoke with The Guardian after he had been conferred with the chieftaincy title of “Baa Segun Alabe” by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.

His wife, Omolola, was also conferred with “Erelu Baa Segun Alabe Egba .”

The neurological surgeon said: “The best way to convince other people to do something is to do it yourself first and set a good example. Then use your power, influence, and network to convince other people to do that.

“I am well recognised all over the world for my specialty. If I come, others will follow because they will believe in what I am doing, but the right environment must be created first.

“The government needs to provide an enabling environment, make it easy for people to come back to the country and provide infrastructure. Even small things like water and power are very vital to the practice of good medicine.”

The conferment of the titles was part of activities lined up to mark the 14th coronation anniversary of the monarch.

Those given chieftaincy titles were Chief Babatunde Olatokunbo Odebunmi and his wife, Oluremilekun; Chief Mujahid Delana Adelekan and his wife, Olabisi; Chief Musibau Ishola Eyiowuami, Chief Ifasiji Olowo Okere, Chief Abayomi Rotimi, Chief Zents Kunle Sowumi, Chief Oladamoye Oyesiku and his wife, Omolara.

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