Russian Invasion: Nigerian Lawmakers Oppose MDCN’s Policy On Ukrainian Securities

The House of Representatives has opposed the latest policy of the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council (MDCN) on medical certificates from Ukraine. MDCN announced in a statement last week that Nigeria will not accept medical and dental degrees from Ukrainian universities obtained from 2022. The body had said the policy is due to the ongoing war in Ukraine which has caused the closure of many of its higher institutions for physical classes. However, many of them still teach online classes, which MDCN says are inappropriate for medical and dental programs. The lower house ruled on Tuesday that MDCN should allow students in the sixth (and final) year of their programs and who have completed their final exams to register with MDCN in Nigeria and allow them to prove themselves. He also urged MDCN to allow students in the fifth year of its medical programs in Ukraine to be absorbed into Nigerian university medical schools to complete their sixth year. Requested the federal government, through the relevant MDAs, to discuss with the Ukrainian authorities for the universities to publish the transcripts of the years completed from year 1 to year 6 (as applicable) for Nigerian students who wish to transfer to schools of medicine in Nigeria or other nations. The resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance tabled by Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi). Introducing the motion, Yusuf criticized the argument put forward by MDCN, noting that thousands of Nigerians will be affected by the policy. He stated that students “risk not only losing these years of rigorous training, but also great financial loss for their parents.” Lawmakers said MDCN did not consider other pragmatic options in light of the shortage of medical personnel in the country. ALSO READ: Russia Invasion: Nigeria Rejects Medical, Dental Degrees From Ukraine “MDCN intends to dash the academic dreams and career ambitions of thousands of Nigerian medical students in Ukraine as a result of continued development not caused by them. “MDCN did not explore other pragmatic and win-win strategies pursued by other countries,” he said. To address the matter, the House directed the Tertiary Education, Health Institutions and Foreign Affairs Committees to engage with the leadership of MDCN, the Forum of Parents of Ukrainian Students of Nigeria and other relevant MDAs to find lasting solutions to the challenge. When the motion was put to a vote by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the members voted in favor of it. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Russian Invasion: Nigerian Lawmakers Oppose MDCN’s Policy On Ukrainian Securities