Dr Osahon Enabulele, President-elect, World Medical Association (WMA), has tasked members of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA), to develop a mindset of adding value to the country.
Enabulele made the call during a grand reception held in his honour as the president-elect of WMA by NIMSA in Benin on Friday.
According to him, “my message to you today is that you should not allow the crises of leadership in the country to affect you.
“Ask yourself, what good can I do for myself, family and community, using available local resources.
“The reality is that if all of us abandon our country, who will look after our country for us?
“We must all organize for change and not remain in this situation forever.”
He promised to operate an open door policy that would integrate the values and perspectives of Nigerian medical students.
“Students associations are formidable groups that, if well harnessed, can bring value to the society.
“I want to assure that as a past president of the University of Benin Medical students association, I will support their leadership and expose them to the world to see that they have all it takes to contribute at both local and international levels.”
Earlier, the President of the NIMSA, Mr Webster Onuorah, said the event was to recognize the uncommon feat of the first Nigerian Doctor to be elected as president of the WMA.
Onuorah, who was represented by Gideon Ekulide, Secretary-General of the association, said that Dr Enabulele had over the years shown a leadership style that is worth emulating.
“We are inspired by your story and achievements. Your track record of excellence is uncommon and you, being the first Nigerian to achieve this feat, are remarkable”.
Meanwhile, Prof Wilson Sadoh, Dean College of Medicine, University of Benin, said that medical doctors needed to make adjustment to remain relevant in the 21st century.
Delivering a lecture titled, “The 21st Century Doctor: Staying Relevant in Leadership”, Sadoh stressed the need for medical doctors to have soft skills as well as become exemplary leaders. (NAN)
•PHOTO: Dr Osahon Enabulele