Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, managing director of JayKay Pharmcy, has described being appointed a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a member of the pharmacy profession.
This much was revealed during the just concluded PSN presidential inauguration ceremony of Pharm. OlumideAkintayo and investiture of 25 eminent pharmacists,which took place at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on 24th March, 2013.
Also in attendance were Pharm AzubikeOkwor, immediate past president; Pharm. Ade Popoola, chairman, PSN Board of Fellows (BOF); Hon. NdudiElumelu, chairman, House Committee on Health;Foluso Phillips, president, National Economic Summit Group (NESG); Dr. Nelson Uwaga, PSN past president;Dr Joe Odumodu, chairman, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, a PSN Fellow.
Speaking on the theme “Repositioning the Pharmacy Profession – Role of Fellows,”Agbaje, who was the keynote speaker, said thatFellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in particular aspects of their pharmacy career.
“Since majority of fellowships are based on nomination from the State branches, and in few cases from members, it signifies the esteem in which a member of the Society is held by his peers. Fellowship is an honour that all members should aspire to,” he said.
Explaining further, the former Lagos gubernatorial candidate noted that,after about four decades of existence, the PSN decided to start honouring deserving outstanding members of the Society with the award of the Fellowship of the Society (FPSN).
The first to be so honoured was the late AzariahOlusegunRansome-Kuti, posthumously, in 1971. However, the number so honoured up to 2012 stood at 431, out of a registered pharmacists’ population of about 17,000, making them the creme-de-la-creme of the profession.
While lauding the virtue of the incumbent PSN president, Pharm. Okworsaid that he believed he is the best man for the job.
“The PSN is meant for those who can be president and I can assure you that OlumideAkintayo fits that bill. It is my pleasure to hand over to someone who can carry on with the splendid tradition of the society,” he remarked.
Foluso Phillips, chairman of the occasion, also challenged pharmacists at the gathering to define the role they have played so far in the society and Nigeria as a country.
“At times like this, it is always pertinent to ask what key performance indicator we set for ourselves. What are the advocacy platforms you have in the society? Where’s your voice in roll back malaria andpolio programmes in our country?
“Aside key performance indicators in our various professions, we need to seek alignment in playing our major roles. Today’s Nigeria is compelling us to remain firm, accountable and determined,” he stressed.