Welcome address from the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC)




As Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the conference, Abuja 2020, I take great pride in welcoming all the attendees of the 2nd Annual Conference on Spine and Spinal Disorders organised by the Nigerian Spine Society (NSS).
Spine practice has been going on in Nigeria for years without much organisation. Therefore, the stage was set for significant changes to be brought to bear on our practice. The initial impetus was the actual setting up of the NSS. That foresight has had a far-reaching effect in bringing about cohesiveness and cooperation among spine practitioners in Nigeria.
We are now together in spirit and working as one to improve and standardize the practice of spine care (surgical and non-surgical) in Nigeria. The inaugural conference organised in Lagos heralded this sea of change in our spine practice. The conference was well attended and well supported by industry and foreign partners: notably, Arab Health. We had much to be grateful for, as it was a great conference.
A glance through the list of presentations planned for the next two days reveals the amazing diversity and experience of our faculties and the depth of knowledge worth sharing. We have been particular in broadening the scope of the topics to include as much stuff as will impact our practice moving forward.
There is great demand for our services and we must be prepared to meet the high expectations.
Therefore, this conference in Abuja promises to help set traditions for future NSS conferences. The NSS has a special focus on capacity-building and so we have time for junior surgeons, trainees, allied staff and medical students at this conference. We intend to provide a superlative educational experience sprinkled with time-outs for fun and relaxation.
You see, Abuja is a vibrant city with good road networks and ease of transportation from one end to the other. In this regards, the evening social events in this conference will allow participants to relax, de-clutter, recharge, ready for more learning. I welcome you to our city, and wish you all a successful conference
Dr Biodun Ogungbo,
MBBS, FRCS, FRCSEd, MSc Neurological Surgeon and Chairman, LOC

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