As part of efforts to promote excellence in medical research and education as well as application of research in medicine and the enhancement of human health and welfare, the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria (AMSN) is to be inaugurated on July 29, 2021, in Lagos, by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
The AMSN was approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria Companies and Allied Matters Act 0f 1990, on June 11, 2019.
According to a statement signed by the Editor, Inaugural Committee of AMSN, Prof. Ogunniyi Adesola, the Academy is a merit-based one. Members shall be persons qualified to practice medicine or dentistry or non-medical practitioners in the related medical specialties. The Academy has honorific membership and it is a policy research organisation. Its members, elected based on their outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service on matters of significance to health. Election to active membership is both an honor and a commitment to serve in Academy affairs.
The statement noted: “After thorough deliberations and due diligence, the Academy has invited eminent and outstanding scholars who have made landmark contributions in medicine and medical specialties as foundation fellows. They have been drawn from all geopolitical zones of the country and those in the Diaspora.
“They consist of Fellows from the Basic Medical Sciences, Basic Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, and Emeritus Fellows. The Academy of Medicine Specialties believes these outstanding experts would continue to provide academic and professional leadership in all the various health and medical challenges facing the country as well as enhancing the science, art, theory, and practice of Medicine.
“Of recent the Academy of Medicine Specialties has been very active in providing strategic advisory to Government and the public on the status if the COVID-19 pandemic through information provided by its Rapid-Response Initiative group.”
According to the statement, the Board of Trustees (BOT) include: the Olor’ogun Dr. Sonny Folorunso Kuku as Chairman of the Board; Emeritus Prof. Osato Frank Giwa-Osagie as Vice Chairman; Prof Augustine Ohwovoriole as Secretary BOT; and Prof. Oladapo A. Ashiru as Treasurer and President of the Academy.
It noted that the inauguration will be chaired by the Minister of Health, while Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, are Special Guest and other senior government officials are expected as guests of honor and chief host.