The Ondo State Government has assured the management, staff, and students of the State College of Health Technology, Akure of its unflinching support for the institution towards ensuring that its present enviable academic standard is not compromised.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Foluke Aladenola gave the assurance in her keynote address at the Induction Ceremony held for the Years 2020 and 2021 Sets of the Medical Laboratory Technician Graduands of the institution on Thursday.
Aladenola charged the inductees to endeavor to engage in further academic pursuits and explore all opportunities available for further attainments in their chosen profession.
While noting that the state's health sector requires middle-level manpower, the Permanent Secretary implored the graduands to ensure that they contribute their maximum quota to the growth and development of the state's health system.
She commended the management and staff of the College for doing a good job in imparting enviable moral and academic values to the graduands urging them to be good ambassadors of the institution in particular and Ondo State in general.
Aladenola assured that the Ministry of Health will continue to support the college towards ensuring the actualization of its core mandate of producing middle-level manpower for the state's health sector.
In his address, the Provost of the College, Dr. Felix Olawoye expressed delight that the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria has considered the products of the College worthy of registration into the noble profession as the inductees would be formally admitted to full membership of the council as Medical Laboratory Technicians.
Olawoye congratulated the graduands for distinguishing themselves among their numerous colleagues through dint of hard work, a development that resulted in their induction.
"Many started this race, but these few are the ones that eventually came out with flying colors being worthy in character and learning.
"I share the joy of today with you, your parents/guardians and I pray that the Almighty God will continue to guide you in all your life endeavors.
"Be good ambassadors of this noble academic community. As Alumni, we believe that in no distant time, you will contribute your maximum quota and further lift the College to its next level of development ", Olawoye stressed.
The Provost appreciated the state government for contributing immensely towards ensuring a conducive learning atmosphere in the institution.
Olawoye noted that despite the global challenge of dwindling resources, the authorities of the College has continually channeled the available fund into building necessary infrastructures for the academic development of the institution.
The Head of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Mrs. Olayemi Ayesoro said the history of Medical Laboratory Technician in the College dates back to 1977 with the training of Medical Laboratory Assistants noting that the department is credited to have produced more than 1,000 Medical Laboratory, Assistants and Technicians, till date.
Ayesoro added that the College products are proudly employed in both government and private health facilities while most of them are privileged to gain direct entry admissions in both Nigerian and foreign universities.
She charged the inductees to see the ceremony as a stepping stone to launch themselves into a world of greater opportunities while wishing them the best and resounding successes in their future endeavors.
In his speech, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Dr. Tosan Erhabor noted that the profession now offers more opportunities than ever before to those who love it and are willing to keep to its tenets through hard work and determination.
Erhabor, therefore, urged the inductees to continue to uphold these virtues as embedded in their professional training and inculcated in them.
The best graduating students of the Years 2020 and 2021 Sets, Master Solomon Akinlamilo and Master Dunsin Olanrewaju respectively attributed their achievements to hard work, commitment and focus.
The duo promised to sustain such virtues towards further attainments in their future academic pursuits.