Dr Adebanji Akingbade, former Head of Anatomy Department at Ekiti State University (EKSU) Ado-Ekiti, has urged the National Assembly to swiftly pass the Anatomy Act so that it can be practiced across the country’s universities.
Akingbade stated that the legislation, which has reached second reading in the House of Representatives, will boost academic study in the field of anatomy in the institutions if passed and signed by the president.
The university instructor spoke during EKSU’s Department of Anatomy’s third annual seminar and award ceremony, titled ‘Anatomy Education and Research in Nigeria: Current Trends, Challenges, and Future Directions,’ which was led by president Michael Jokotoye.
Akingbade charged the Federal Government and MPs with ensuring that the bill is passed and signed into law as soon as feasible in order to enable effective anatomy practice in all institutions across the states.
He stated that anatomical education should be embraced by all, and that it was a science that assisted in addressing widespread health issues in society.
He stated that the seminar was the third in the university’s history, with the goal of sensitizing and re-educating students on the prospects of Anatomy in Nigeria.
Professor Awoyinka Olayinka, head of the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, told students not to be frightened and to instead demonstrate professionalism in their endeavors.
“Do not be intimidated wherever you find yourself; act professionally as Anatomy students,” he said.
“The Anatomical Act has reached second reading,” he says, “and it needs to be passed into law as soon as possible.”
“We want approval for the Anatomical Act so that we can practice anatomy effectively not only at EKSU but at all universities across the states.”
Akingbade, who received an award for achievement during the ceremony, stated that the first batch of graduating Anatomy students from EKSU is currently serving in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme across the country.