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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-61

Conference proceedings for the 15th scientific conference of the society of experimental and clinical anatomists of Nigeria (SECAN), “ABRAKA 2016”

Date of Web Publication19-Sep-2016

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DOI: 10.4103/1596-2393.190830

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On the 22nd to 24th of March, 2016, the Society of Experimental and Clinical Anatomists of Nigeria (SECAN) met in their Annual general meeting and Scientific conference at the Delta State University, Abraka. Highlights of the gathering were the opening ceremony with Keynote address presented by Professor P.S Igbigbi. The address was on the theme of the conference: Forensic Science in Developing Countries: The Nigerian Perspective. Professor Igbigbi pointed out the need for Anatomists to be in the forefront of Forensic Science Education in Nigeria.

Professor T.W Jacks spoke on the Sub-theme of the conference: Career prospects in anatomy. In his presentation, he illuminated numerous specialty areas in Anatomy that have not been explored as a potential Career path for Anatomists in Nigeria. It was indeed an eye opener for our teaming graduates.

In a welcome address by the President of SECAN, Professor Hakeem B. Fawehinmi, the beautiful achievements of SECAN during his two-year tenure were presented. He highlighted the success recorded by the society in expanding and making more relevant, based on current best practices, the curriculum of our undergraduate programmes in Anatomy. He further stated that having succeeded in registering SECAN with the Corporate Affairs Commission, it will provide the Society with the necessary impetus and legal backing to forward a Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Anatomy Act so as to address contemporary issues such as the Establishment of an Anatomy Council that will regulate the practice of Anatomy as a profession in Nigeria, define a career path for Anatomists outside the mainstream academia, such as morticians, demonstrators, curators, museum scientist, with the Ministry of Establishment and look into Cadaver Procurement. Also, a list of Professors of Anatomy in Nigeria and their areas of specializations is to be forwarded to the regulatory bodies of Anatomy and Medical Education in Nigeria. Attendance to SECAN Conferences now attracts 10 Continuing Medical Education (CME) units. This will encourage participation by medically qualified members to SECAN activities as it facilitates the renewal of their Annual Practicing License with the MDCN, and will boost the revenue generation drive of the Society. These achievements were received with boundless joy by all Anatomists. He attributed the success of his tenure to hard work, team work of members of the SECAN Exco and support from all members of the Society.

Other dignitaries present at the ceremony include Vice-Chancellor, Delta State University, Professor V.F. Peretomode, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor A.E. Anigala and Provost, College of Health Sciences, Professor P.N. Ebeigbe.

During the Annual general meeting (AGM), there was a keenly contested bid for hosting right. After interested institutions made their presentations, Osun State University was elected to host SECAN AGM/Scientific Conference in 2017 while Nnamdi Azikiwe University was elected to host SECAN AGM/Scientific Conference in 2018. Also being an election year, a new set of executives were elected by the AGM. The members of the new Exco include:

Prof. CIP Anibeze - President

Dr. AI Udoaka - Vice President

Dr. EA Esom - Secretary General

SC Okoseimiema - Asst. Secretary General

Dr. EI Odokuma - Treasurer

Dr. SA Musa - Publicity Secretary

Dr. Ogugua Egwu - Chairman, Editorial Board

Prof. FC Akpuaka - Chairman, BOT

Prof. HB Fawehinmi - Ex Officio

Election into the SECAN council will be in the next council meeting.

As part of the Society's tradition of honouring members who have been noble Ambassadors of SECAN in their respective institutions, the following members were recognized and appreciated:

  1. Professor Blessing Didia, a one-time President of SECAN who is the current Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  2. Professor Hakeem B. Fawehinmi, the immediate past President of SECAN who was recently elected as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt
  3. Professor Okwudili Udemezue, the immediate past Vice President who was also recently elected as Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus
  4. Dr Emmanuel I. Odokuma (Associate Professor), the current Treasurer of the Society who is the Dean of Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  5. Dr. Ugochukwu G. Esomonu (Associate Professor), Elected Dean of Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Head of Campus, Cross River University of Technology, Okuku Campus.

During the Scientific sessions, quality academic presentations of invaluable scientific findings were made and are being published in the next section of this issue. We hope that 'OSUN 2017' will be quite explosive.

Ogugua A. Egwu PhD



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