The 4th Matriculation Ceremony was solemnly opened by the Vice-Chancellor of PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Professor Michael F. Diejomaoh who also gave the Matriculation address. The Vice-Chancellor in his address warmly welcomed all to this great Institution and noted that 172 students were joining PUMS in the 2020/2021 Academic Year.
He thanked the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Chief Barr. Nyesome Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS-Africa who has graciously supported the university by awarding scholarships to the indigenes of River State since its inception. He further apologized to the fact that parents and guardians could not be present at the ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions and hope that they enjoyed the ceremony by participating in the live event on Zoom or Youtube. He concluded by congratulating all the newly admitted students and implored them to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution. He wished the students success in their respective academic endeavors, expressing his confidence that their overall performance would justify the good gesture of the Rivers State Government.
His Excellency Chief Barr. Nyesome Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS-Africa, The Executive Governor of Rivers State in his address expressed his delight to be at PAMO university of Medical Sciences once again at the Matriculation Ceremony of the 2020/2021 academic year. “I recall that I have attended virtually all the matriculation ceremonies of this University which underscores the special interest of the Rivers State Government.” he said. He commended the students and their parents for successfully navigating their lives to this promising level and also requests that they endeavor to make the best use of this opportunity and privilege to transform your lives for good. He stressed on the importance for us to continually honour and thank our leader, father and founder of this unique university His Excellency, Sir Dr. Peter Odili, CON, GSSRS for his uncommon generosity and spirit in providing the wonderful opportunity for children of all social migrants to acquire life-changing education and professional qualifications.
“We’re impressed with the fact that the university has developed within a very remarkable time to be a center of excellence in Medical Education with adequate capacity to produce Medical Doctors, Medical Scientists, Professional Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals for the state and our country.” he said. We therefore support to enable the Management of the University to provide necessary educational infrastructure that will propel its growth and capacity to deliver on its mandate.” the Governor added. He noted that his administration started the scholarship scheme to sponsor over 100 students yearly (which covered four (4) admission circles) with not less than 490 Rivers State students who are pursuing various medical courses in this University from inception to date. He further assured parents and guardians that his administration shall continue to implement these dedicated structure to the end to enable their sons, daughters and wards to become the Medical Professionals that they want to be.
The Pro-Chancellor, His Excellency Sir Dr. Peter Odili, CON, KCSGG, GSSRS, KSJI in his address lavished praise on the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Chief Barr. Nyesome Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS-Africa, “The best Governor in Nigeria and the best Governor Rivers State has had.” On behalf of the board and the governing council he specially thanked the Rivers State Governor for his fifth visit since the birth of PAMO University of Medical Sciences.
He stated that for the past 3 years, 3 months and 11 days PUMS can be called a Wike product. “We are proud to call you our No. 1 benefactor and I am proud to say you are more than a worthy successor” he said. To the students, the Pro-Chancellor said – “To whom much is given a lot more is expected”.
He advised them to use this opportunity rigorously, and to forget other distractions and stay focused. “Any friend that is not encouraging you to read is not a good friend.” he told the students. The Pro-Chancellor stated that the first set of graduates from PAMO University of Medical Sciences will emerge by December 2021 and that the university will also have the opportunity to invite the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Chief Barr. Nyesome Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS-Africa for the foundation laying, commissioning and others, and assured the Governor that the grant and other financial support are been put in good us.
Hon. Justice Umauru Faruk Abdullahi, CFR, Member, Board of Trustees, PAMO University of Medical Sciences in his remark commends the exemplary work the Rivers State Governor has been doing not only to this university but to Rivers State in particular and the country in general. “Sir, your commendable effort in human development not only to the Rivers people but to the whole nation stands you out as the best of the best.” Talking about the development of this university and the achievement it has acquired within a short period of time of its existence, he commends the excellent performance and the hard work and the resilience of the Vice Chancellor and the academic staffs of the university which has made PUMS the institution of excellence and the growing headquarters of medical education in Nigeria.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike, delivered a lecture on a topic: The 21st Century Nigeria Medical Graduates and The Future of Medical Practice. The guest lecturer addressed the matriculants saying, a medical graduate is a person who has completed his or her studies in the various sectors of the medical school and has passed the exams. He further said that, in terms of learning opportunities, the 21st medical graduate has better opportunities to become a mastermind in his chosen career space but not forgetting that modern literature has suddenly become transient and sublime and with unenduring almost fictional transitionality therefore, the 21st century medical graduate has to be technology-minded especially in the developing society. He must keep up with evolving technology around the practice. He has to learn new skills and new techniques at a fast pace to meet the emerging trends and dynamics.