— Best response from Dr Joe Ugboaja
One of the frequently asked questions by persons who have such a tight schedule or come from very strict religious backgrounds is- the importance of social groups. There are people who believe these organizations are a place for show-offs, others think it a place to waste valuable time, others find the financial contributions overwhelming.
We spoke to a number of successful professionals who have given us different points of views, however, we have decided to share the best response which is from Dr Ugboaja- the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee.
Social groups and organizations are important, according to him he belongs to many organizations and these include professional, religious and social organizations and have been active in many of these.
A number of them include the Nigeria Medical Association(NMA) where he was Chairman of Nnewi zone, Society of gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria(SOGON) he is equally the Anambra State Coordinator, Association of Gynaecological endoscopy surgeons he is also the ASG. These have been tremendously impactful when he started it served as an avenue to meet friends, develop professionally and discuss the future of the profession and what needs to be improved.
In his opinion, professional associations are career-building triggers and should come top before any other organization. They are an avenue to contribute meaningfully to the development of the profession. It can also be an avenue for gainful recommendation.
As an advanced person in the field, it is an avenue to mentor young people, the society is falling apart, stemming with corruption, this is an avenue to shape the future.
Socially, he belongs to many clubs as he believes in mixing up. Some of the clubs he belongs to are Nnewi Sports club where he is a special member and also belong to the HOUSE football club. He is also close to members of Nnewi committee of friends. This has helped him build lifelong friends, whenever there is a social need in the community, he and his friends contribute to solving the need. This contributes to legacy, he believes in living legacies, as that is the only thing we will leave here when we are gone. These clubs allow you to do great things, leave legacies that you may not have been involved if you don’t mingle with them. Overall, he believes in mixing up, getting to interact with, and knowing people, making friends and assisting people in any capacity he can.
As an upcoming health manager, being active in the social space is key to his vision of building a top-class hospital through the collaboration and assistance of the stakeholders that will bring the needed infrastructure and facility for achieving that objective.
The truth is that social bonding both within and outside the organization has been identified as an important factor for the successful engagement of stakeholders for organizational transformation and development.