Leading professionals and respected Nigerians including former Governor of Lagos State, (Alhaji) Lateef Kayode Jakande, former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, boardroom guru, Dr. M. O. Omolayole, and PSN President, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, were among those who witnessed the investiture of Pharm. (Dr.) Nelson U. O. Uwaga as the 19th president and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).
Dr. Uwaga isthe first pharmacist to rise to the prestigious position.
Leading the rain of accolades on Uwaga at the ceremony held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last December, the outgoing president and Chairman of Council of the NIM, Chief (Dr.) Michael Olawale-Cole, described his successor (Uwaga) as a man of integrity and a go-getter. He said that having worked with Dr. Uwaga, he was convinced that the respected pharmacist would take the NIM to the next level.
Also speaking on behalf of the past presidents of NIM, Dr. M. O. Omolayole, congratulated Dr. Uwaga for emerging as the new helmsman of the institute, adding that the new president hadset a record as the first pharmacist to be asked to pilot the affairs of the institute.
He urged Dr. Uwaga to strive to ensure the NIM flag keeps flying high.
In his first address as President and Chairman of Council of NIM, Dr. Uwaga pledged to help take the NIM to a higher level.
The highlight of the occasion was the investiture of Dr. Uwaga, and the presentation of certificates to other elected Governing Council members.
Other dignitaries at the memorable occasion were Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, Pharm. Lere Baale, Pharm. Ade Popoola, Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, among others.
Dr. Uwaga is a former president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and an alumnus and member of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos, Nigeria.
He holds the Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists.
He is presently the Chairman/CEO of Barata Pharmaceuticals & Co. Limited and a senior lecturer (Adjunct) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Port Harcourt.