Postgraduate college decries medical, dental council dissolution
IN VIEW of the dissolution of the governing boards of all federal parastatals, agencies and institutions, of which the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) was involved, President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), Prof. Rasheed Arogundade, has appealed to the Federal Government (FG) to review its action and allow the council continue its functions.
Speaking at a briefing in Lagos recently, Arogundade stressed that government would have exempted the council like it did to the universities governing councils owing to its regulatory and statutory duties.
He cautioned against the disastrous consequence such premature dissolution had caused in the past, urging the federal government to review its decision and do the needful.
He said: “From November 2007 to the end of 2009, the MDCN did not function. From late 2011 to December 2013, the MDCN did not also function. Since the council is a regulatory body set up by statute to carry out specific functions, dissolving it is therefore the same as completely stopping all the functions.
“The council’s functions are strictly professional and regulatory in nature including medical education, accreditation of professional institutions, maintenance of standards, enforcement of discipline and also monitoring of health institutions that are training doctors all over the country, among others, if President Muhammadu Buhari is able to exempt that of universities, I see no reason why that of health should be exempted as well.”
He further noted that since July 16, 2015, when the boards were dissolved, the functions of the council have been stagnated thereby leaving so many issues unattended to. He urged government and all concerned to take a second look at that decision and act fast.
Still expressing displeasure over the action, he said, “Almost all members of the council are by representation except the chairman who is usually not a political appointee but a senior member of the profession appointed by the president. The existing council of MDCN which has barely spent one and half years of the statutory four years should therefore be allowed to continue its work.”
He also drew the attention of government to the infrastructural and developmental challenge of the college, urging government to come to its rescue.