UNN holds last college assembly for Akunyili


The College of Medicine at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Wednesday held its last college assembly in honour of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili who was once its lecturer.

The assembly which held at the Ituku/Ozalla campus of the institution in Enugu State was attended by many emeritus and serving professors of the college as well as the staff of the university’s teaching hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, the Provost of the college, Prof. Ernest Onwuasigwe, said Akunyili’s death was a loss to pharmacology, the university and the country as a whole.

Onwuasigwe said the former minister of information left legacies in the college which students who did not meet her in person still enjoyed.

Also speaking, a member of the college, Prof. Paul Okonkwo, said that apart from her life in public offices, the late Akunyili was an accomplished scientist and pharmacologist.

Okonkwo said she had between 20 and 30 publications in journals and co-authored at least two books while working in the college.

Reacting the encomiums on the late professor, her husband, Dr Chike Akunyili, recalled how he met her at the pharmacy in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, saying she instantly warned herself to him in spite of the general lukewarm attitude of pharmacists.

He called on health workers generally to change their attitude to patients, while also calling on managers to be good to their workers to get the best in them.

The highlight of the occasion was the roll call of the college assembly, during which the late Akunyili was called three times to show that she was gone. (NAN)
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