It is a little past 11 in the morning as guests, staff and students were seated in the university main auditorium waiting for the commencement of the 8th induction ceremonies of the newly qualified graduates of the Medical Laboratory Scientists trained at the Igbinedion University, Okada. A light background music was on in the hall fully air-conditioned. Then came a sound of siren, all wondering what that meant and it was the arrival of the guest speaker at the ceremony Brigedier-General F. N. Mbibi of the Nigerian Army in the company of Acting Registrar of the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria, Mr. Tosan Erhabor represented by Mr. Godwin Akpitanyi

Upon the announcement of the master of ceremonies, Obajide Ilugbo, all stood for the academic procession led by the Vice-Chancellor, Rev professor Eghosa Osaghae The Vice Chancellor, mounted the podium for a welcome address. It is now obvious that the program had started. He commended the parents for the support and contributions to the children from inception to the point of graduation. Congratulating the students for the hard work and commitment which had led to the success being celebrated, For over a decade and half now, Igbinedion university has been involved in the training of qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists who are contributing in no small measure in the overall health care delivery in the country. The Vice-Chancellor thanked the Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria for always guiding the university to the path of excellence.

In his lectures on the topic “ Military and Medical Laboratory Science Practice,” Brigadier-General Nnamdi Mbibi, said Medical Laboratory Scientists in synergy with other health professionals provide medical support to the military in peace and in war times.

According to him, the combat power requires by the military to successfully conduct operations against contemporary security challenges depend on the provision of logistics support. The most important, he said was a medical support, without which the battle was bound to fail. He said the medical support was viewed as the provision of qualitative health care delivery services with competent manpower and prudent management of funds and material resources in a timely manner.

The General explained that maximizing utilization of medical resources in a cost effective manner, continuity of medical care between different levels of medical support linked by effective land and air medical evacuation services were often required. General Mbibi said with the professional skills and knowledge of first aids, the Medical Laboratory Scientists would be involved in the emergency life saving activities in the field.

According to him, the Medical Laboratory Scientists perform various roles in the evacuation of casualties from the front lines as the occasion demands, but however lamented that there is currently no approved plan for the Medical Laboratory Science in the Nigerian Army. And as a result, the manpower training and development, commissioning and deployment has been inadequate and needed to be addressed to meet the current manpower needs.

He announced the opportunity of commissioning civilian graduates of holders of BMLS, AMLSCN and MLS, which according to him should be based on the level of training, specialization, needs of the system for personnel on the post-graduates training annually.

In his contribution, the Acting Head of Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Dr. Kester Digban, noted that the Medical Laboratory Science in Igbinedion has been growing with a huge promise to become one of the leading institutions for the training of Medical Laboratory Scientists in the country. He said the University had turned out several first degree and post graduates students who are contributing their various quota in our national development, The Ag. Head of Department noted that the guest lecturer, Brigadier General Mbibi is an alumnus of the Great Igbinedion University; adding that Air Commodore (Dr.) Abayomi Akinwale (rtd) as well had obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Laboratory Science (Hematology option) from Igbinedion University, Okada. He lamented the unfortunate challenges the nation is passing through, ranging from insecurity, kidnapping, herdsmen menace and other violent crimes which were impeding on the country’s social -economic development.

Dr. Digban thanked General Mbibi for accepting to deliver the 8th induction lecture of the Department of Medical Laboratory Science of the University and also commended the General for his antecedent of postulating thought provoking ideas in his lectures.

The Acting Registrar of the Council later led the inductees to the Oath-Taking Ceremony; urging them to imbibe the tenets and ethics of the Medical Laboratory Science. He charged then to be eternally grateful to their teachers, especially, their parents who supported them throughout the duration of the training.