To achieve part of its set objectives of improving the standard of pharmacy practice and health care delivery in Nigeria, the new leadership of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), Nigeria chapter, has inaugurated six committees to drive its strategic agenda.
Speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview at the inauguration ceremony, held in Lagos recently, Pharm. Chijioke Onyia, chairman, WAPCP Nigeria, said that the committees have been saddled with the responsibility of achieving the strategic agenda of the new executives.
According to Pharm. Onyia, the plan of WAPCP is to get its members more involved in the Nigerian chapters’ activities to encourage them to unleash the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their practice to ultimately benefit all Nigerians.
He said: “If all Fellows of the college are encouraged to carry out one or two studies, I can assure you that when these studies are done and the results collated, it will be a major contribution to our health care sector and help raise the standard of pharmacy practice.”
Pharm. Onyia stated further that the strategic agenda was also to ensure Fellows of WAPCP contribute their quota to the development of the college, adding that there was a high level of apathy among Fellows on activities of the college.
The WAPCP boss noted that the yardstick to measure the performance of his executive is enshrined in the strategic agenda, adding that the plan was to use the agenda as a barometer to gauge the executive’s contribution to efforts to take the WAPCP Nigeria chapter to the next level.
The inaugurated committees are: Committee on Fellowship Certificate Recognition, chaired by Prof. Fola Tayo; Research Coordination Committee; Programme Implementation Committee; Peer Review Coordination Committee; Publicity Committee; and Bye-law Review Committee.
Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Fola Tayo, commended the new executive for keeping the flag of the chapter flying. He said even though there were challenges facing the college, he was happy to note that such challenges were surmountable because they were all man-made.
He urged all the Fellows given responsibilities in the committees to pursue the various courses doggedly.
“We need to get the consultancy recognition for our Fellows as soon as possible. It is however not the responsibility of the executives alone, but the responsibility for all of us”, he said.
Amongst the dignitaries at the event were Prof. Cecilia Igwilo, Pharm. Ike Onyechi, Pharm. Afusat Adesina and Pharm (Dr) Arinola Joda.