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NMA faults ASUU on PhD, medical fellowship remarks

By Chukwuma Muanya
17 September 2021   |   3:35 am
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has faulted a report credited to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, saying medical fellowship cannot substitute....

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has faulted a report credited to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, saying medical fellowship cannot substitute PhD as qualification for becoming a vice chancellor. Osodeke had made the claim in a recent interview.

In a statement by NMA President, Prof. Innocent Ujah, the association argued that PhD was inferior to the post-doctoral medical fellowship of the National Medical College of Nigeria (NMCN) and the West African Postgraduate Medical College (WAPMC).

or any recognised foreign postgraduate medical college. as its content “is already over represented in depth and research.”

It said the qualifications from NMCN and WAPMC are internationally recognised for practice, teaching and advanced research in medical schools and beyond.

It, therefore, called on Osodeke to put his house in order, stressing that the NMA would not tolerate utterances and actions that could force it to withdraw its members from ASUU and medical schools completely.

“He and National Universities Commission (NUC) can recruit PhD holders to teach and train medical doctors for the university and the health sector,” the statement added.

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