Distinguished scholar-diplomat, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, who is the founder/chairman of the Board of Directors, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, will deliver the guest lecture at the 2019 mid-year meeting of the Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (BOF-PSN), scheduled to hold on 16 July, at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos.
Speaking with journalists at a recent press parley in Lagos, Pharm. (Sir) Nnamdi Obi, chairman, planning committee of the meeting, noted that the respected Gambari will deliver a lecture on the theme of the meeting, “Rebirth of Nigeria – Harnessing the Great Potentials”.
Obi disclosed further that the topic had been carefully chosen to help find solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the nation, noting that except all sectors of the economy work properly and in synergy, it will be difficult for the nation to move forward.
While reiterating the commitment of BOF-PSN to monitor government’s policies in relation to Pharmacy and pharmacists, Obi further stated that the BOF will continue to participate in national discourses to make positive contributions that will enhance the overall development of the nation.
Also speaking at the press parley, Prof. (Mrs) Mbang Nyong Femi-Oyewo, chairman, BOF-PSN, said that the choice of Professor Gambari as the guest lecturer at the mid-year meeting was hinged on the fact that he is a world class scholar, diplomat and Nigeria’s former ambassador to the United Nations, adding that with the pedigree of the erudite professor, she is confident that the lecture will be incisive and discerning.
Femi-Oyewo disclosed further that Mrs Osaretin Afusat Demuren, chairman, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, will chair the public lecture that will be attended by a number of distinguished Nigerians.
The BOF-PSN chairman, while lamenting the high incidence of drug/substance abuse in Nigeria, disclosed that the BOF unfolded a holistic approach of combating the problem at its mid-year meeting last year, adding that if the template is followed there will be better progress in checkmating the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.
Femi-Oyewo also disclosed that at the fortcoming mid-year meeting, over 100 new Fellows will formally be received into the fold of the BOF-PSN, while some pharmacists and organisations that have contributed to improvement of humanity will receive awards of recognition.