The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Lagos State branch has elected new executives to take over the leadership mantle of the association for the next three years.
The election of the new executives, conducted on 13 December 2018, had all the positions contested for unopposed, except that of the treasurer. The occasion also witnessed the launching of the maiden edition of the Lagos AHAPN Bulletin.
Names of the new Lagos State AHAPN Executives are: Pharm. Titilayo Onedo, chairperson; Pharm. O.S. Ojuoko, vice chairman; Pharm. T.O. Ajibola, secretary; Pharm. T.A. Asen, assistant secretary; Pharm. Temitope Akinboro, treasurer; Pharm. Kehinde Oyinlade, financial secretary; Pharm. CTA Ugwu, publicity secretary; Pharm. Zainab Alabi, welfare officer; Pharm. C.N. Mbanugo, un-official member; K.K. Ekwunife, un-official member; and Pharm. (Mrs) Folashade Kotun, immediate past chairman.
Speaking with the newly elected Chairperson of the association, Pharm. (Mrs) Titilayo Onedo, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to God and to all members of the association, for the opportunity to serve. She explained that she and her team are ready to work with all members for the progress of the group.
Asked about her disposition towards to the appointment, she said :” I actually feel excited about the appointment, at the same time , I feel challenged being appointed as the chairman of this our association, because I know the position requires a lot of work.
“However, I and my team are equally ready to take up the challenges. And more so, members of the association have given us their words to be committed to the objectives of the association to work with us”.
She continued: “The election as it were was a victory for our association, because we have the backing of all members of the group. We are going to be collaborating more, even with industrial pharmacists, we are going to liaise on how to resolve issues with the medics, and how to tackle the myriads of challenges facing the association.
“We are going to focus on capacity building, and this needs funding, although the commitment is there, and I know that the industry is willing to partner with associations like ours, but funding is key”, she asserted.
On her own part, the outgoing Chairperson of the association, Pharm. (Mrs) Folashade Kotun, expressed her joy in having a competent successor, and a strong team to work, explaining her confidence in the new executives to deliver the needed progress for the association.
“I am confident that starting from January 2019, when I look back at this association, I will be filled with joy because I know they will perform their duties very well”, she assured.
Speaking on the challenges encountered during her tenure, she said the major one was getting pharmacists both in hospitals and administrative settings to be actively involved with the association. So to resolve this, she said they embarked on a massive campaign to bring about a new orientation.
She however urged the new excos to continue from where she stopped by intensifying efforts to reach out to pharmacists in the private sector and also encourage more active participation from those in the industry.