PRO CHANCELLOR BAYELSA MEDICAL UNIVERSITY(BMU)EMERITUS PROFESSOR NIMI DIMKPA BRIGGS (KSC, JP,OON,MB,BS (LAG), MD(LAG), FRCOG, FMCOG (NIG), FWACS, FAS, FIPS. PRESENTS ANNIVERSARY LECTURE AT THE 50TH ANNIVERARY OF THE NATIONAL POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF NIGERIA TITLED “50 YEARS OF POST GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA” -WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2019.

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Speaking during the presentation, Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs and Pro-Chancellor of the BMU made salient points about the journey so far for the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN). He remarked that the NPMCN was established by the National Postgraduate Medical College Decree No. 67 of 24th September,1979, now Cap N59 Laws of the Federation 2004, as a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal. It was set up as the tertiary institution at the apex of Medical Education in Nigeria with main function to produce specialists in all branches of Medicine and Dentistry. This is done through the organisation of curricula for Professional Postgraduate education in the various specialized branches of Medicine and Dentistry; and the conduct of professional postgraduate examination of candidates to certify them as Specialists. These specialists are now Consultants in Tertiary Health Institutions and Lecturers in the Universities’ Medical and Dental Schools. Professor Nimi Briggs commended the efforts of the NPMCN so far in achieving the purpose for which it was established with a good number of number of Medical Colleges created in the country. He said more than fifty years ago, the founders of the NPMCN had high objectives for the college: they insisted that it must be distinctive from other colleges and since then, the NPMCN has achieved the extraordinary in teaching, research, and public health care. He said the NPMCN is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunities for all and is recognized as a top college worldwide. Professor Briggs expressed appreciation to the products of the college for their commitment to public service and for ranking high globally on research, and health care. The NPMCN’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and graduate and professional schools. He recalled that fellows trained in the college are now responsible for training others in other parts of the world and majority of them have established very highly rated private hospitals in Nigeria adding that recently Mrs. Theresa May former UK Prime Minister commended and recognized the contributions of Nigerian Medical Doctors in the Health system of the UK and majority of these doctors are products of the National Postgraduate Medical College being at the apex of medical education in Nigeria. Currently the College has 15 approved Faculty Boards in an ongoing training, evaluation and certification of medical and dental doctors. The College believes that higher standards for medical and dental doctors mean better care for patients and better teachers for our medical schools. Professor Briggs called on those who are not yet Fellows of the College to join the Medical and Dental specialists in Nigeria who lead the way in national movement for very high health care quality. For those who already have the Fellowship he encouraged them to learn more about the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes that will build their influence, improve care for patients and increase their overall efficiency. He eventually outlined some of the key areas in which the school has excelled to include: Accreditation of training institutions for professional postgraduate training of doctors and dentists; The organization of professional postgraduate training programmes and development of curricula as well as the conduct of update courses for training in the various specialized branches of medicine and dentistry, as represented by the various faculties of the College; the conduct of professional postgraduate examinations for candidates in the various Faculties; organization of one year Clinical Attachment (training abroad) for qualified resident doctors; carrying out any other activities necessary in the furtherance of postgraduate medical education and quality healthcare in Nigeria. The BMU Pro-Chancellor however highlighted some issues facing the medical corps in Nigeria such as the emigration of Doctors to Western societies due to pour work environment in Nigeria. He quoted a recent report of to Punch Newspaper which indicates that over fifty nine doctors leave the country every day. He admonished Nigerian Doctors to shy away from the idea of running away for greener pastures they have to find domestic solutions here. Professor Briggs called on the government to improve on the work conditions of the medical personnel in the country. He called on highlighted the need for a redefined research priorities for Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved. He advised Management of the NPMCN to come up with a well-planned Strategic Plan for the next ten years. He also recommended that a very vibrant Advancement office in the college be created to seek partnerships nationally and internationally. In his conclusion, Prof. Briggs congratulated graduating students for their wonderful academic performance. On the VIP list of the 50th anniversary was Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, Ag. Vice Chancellor of the Bayelsa Medical University; Professor Paingha Joe Alagoa, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Bayelsa Medical University, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi (OON), Provost Bayelsa Medical University and Teibowei Marie Therese. Here is a Brief Profile of Professor Emiritus Nimi Briggs Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Nigeria October 2018 till date. February 2018, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Federal University, Lokoja, Nigeria. February 2016; Member, Court of Governors, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, October 2015 for four years.Chairman, Board of Sports Institute, University of Port Harcourt. March 2013 to date. Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Harcourt, April 2012 for life.Chairman, Board of University of Port Harcourt Foundation. 2012 till date.Chairman: Board of Management, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Feb. 2009 – March 2011.Member, National Universities Commission Visitation to the University of Uyo Feb. 2011.Chairman, National Universities Commission Institutional Accreditation Team to the University of Ibadan. Nov. – Dec. 3, 2011Member, Federal Ministry of Education Visitation Panel to the University of Benin March 2009.Chairman, Rivers State Economic Advisory Council, Nov. 2007 – May.2015.Chairman, Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2011.Chairman: Rivers State Community Foundation, 2007 – 2015.Director: Centre for Health and Development. University of Port Harcourt, 2008 till date.Chairman: Board of the National Hospital, Abuja, 2006 -2007.Scholar with Nigerian Permanent Delegation at the UNESCO Headquarters. Paris. France 1 October 2005 – September 2006.Chairman: Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVC) August 2004 -July 2005.Chairman: Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) August 2004 to July 2005.Member of Council. Association of Commonwealth Universities, 2004-2005.Vice-Chancellor: University of Port Harcourt From 10 July 2000 to 9 July 2005Acting: Jan. 1995 – March 1996, Jan. 2000 – July 2000.Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology University of Port Harcourt 10 January 1990.Provost College of Health Sciences University of Port Harcourt. 1 October 1993 to 29 January 1995 and then 21 March 1996 to 10 November 1998. Head: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology University of Port Harcourt September 1980 to September 1993 (Acting Sept. 1980-Sept. 1990.

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