(By Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis)
No fewer than 39 graduates of Faculty of Pharmacy, Madonna University, have been offered licences to practise by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), shortly after their induction and oath-taking ceremony.
The colourful event, which attracted parents, friends and several pharmacists, took place at the school conference hall on 11April, 2014.
In his speech at the event, the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Chuks Ezedum, welcomed the PCN registrar, Pharm. Gloria Abumere, and her entourage and thanked the founder of the university, Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Emmanuel Edeh, whose philosophy made it possible for the training of future pharmacists in the institution.
Prof. Ezedum assured the PCN that the graduands passed through a devoted dean and proficient lecturers, and therefore, were academically and morally qualified for the oath-taking and induction ceremony.
While remarking that Madonna University students were always of international standard, he urged the graduands to distinguish themselves as unique pharmacists in the pharmaceutical world.
The vice-chancellor also thanked the parents and guardians of the young pharmacists for investing positively in their future.
In his own speech, acting dean of the faculty, Pharm. Felix Osuala,also expressedgratitude to the founder of the university, as well as members of staff of the faculty, for their high sense of commitment and devotion to the training of the future leaders.
Osuala noted that the faculty had secured full programme accreditation from both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the PCN.
Also speaking at the occasion, Pharm. Abumere expressed her joy that Madonna University hadsucceeded in producing the 5th set of pharmacists and thanked the university management for its effort in giving the best quality education to its students.
Earlier, in her speech, Abumere highlighted the rules and regulations of the Pharmacy profession to the young pharmacists and urged them to always consider the health and safety of their patients first in discharging their duties.
The PCN registrar also conducted the Pharmacists Oath on the 39 Pharmacists and afterwards issued them with practising licenses.
The high point of the event was the presentation of achievement award to Celine Chukwu, who emerged the best graduating student of the year in the faculty.