No fewer than 23 healthcare professionals were officially inaugurated by the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm) into its committee on substance abuse.
The occasion took place at Business School Netherlands (BSN) on 26 March 2019.
Aside Dr Lolu Ojo, chairman, other members of the committee include: Prof. Kemi Odukoya (NAPharm); Pharm. Ogheneochuko Omaruaye (PSN); Pharm. Ekomobong Hanson (PSN); Pharm. Chukuten Chukuka (PMG-MAN); Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Morohundiya (ALPs); Pharm. Samule Adekola (ACPN); Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu (NAIP); Pharm. Kingsley Amibor (AHAPN); Pharm. Ukamaka Okafor (PCN); Dr Musa Umar (NAFDAC); Pharm. Joshua Olagunju (PSN-YPG); Dr (Mrs) Moyosore Adejumo (Lagos DPS); Pharm. Tawa Arilesere (independent candidate); Pharm. Rosemary Achikanu (independent candidate);Pharm. Chovwe Emaniru (independent candidate); Pharm. Funmbi Okoya (independent candidate); Dr Ifeanyi Okechukwu (NIROPHARM); Pharm. Ademola Moyosade (independent candidate); Dr Arinola Joda (NAPA); Pharm. Kennedy Izunwa (APIN) and Pharm. (Mrs) Clara Anyanwu (NAFDAC).
While calling for commitment on the part of members, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, vice president, NAPharm declared that the committee must learn to serve “because we don’t know when our reward will come.”
Atueyi recalled how the incumbent President of NAPharm had approached him to take the editorial task of the then Journal of Pharmacy.
“At first, I was reluctant but eventually agreed. It was a tasking job that came with no pay package. I accepted it and committed all I have into its success. In fact, I was the one who gave a new look and changed its name from Journal of Pharmacy to Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy.”
“At that time, PSN was not buoyant and had to rely heavily on revenue from the journal for its survival until the idea of having exhibition came on board. All these while, I saw the job as a service which is why God is still blessing me,” he emphasized.
Appreciating the gesture of the vice president and entire Fellows of NAPharm, Ojo announced that the birth of the committee on substance abuse was a great development for Pharmacy and Nigeria.
“We are building a very strong coalition of forces against substance abuse. No doubt, substance abuse is a great plague on the health of our nation. If the scourge is not contained quickly, it is capable of destroying everything that we have laboured to build.
“It is a demonstration of leadership and commitment that is worthy of praise that the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy has set up this committee involving all stakeholders in Pharmacy,” he noted.