No fewer than 55 pharmacy graduands of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Oyo State, were recently inducted into the pharmacy profession, by the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), at the induction ceremony, held at the prestigious Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State, Nigeria.
The glamorous Induction Ceremony had several dignitaries, pharmacy professors, students, parents, pharmacists, and members of staff, Faculty of Pharmacy, UI in attendance.
Top among the dignitaries that attended the event are: Pharm. Mohammed Elijah, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan; Prof. Emilolorun A Ayelari, deputy vice-chancellor, Administration; Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, dean, Faculty of Pharmacy; Pharm. (Alh) Ahmed Yakasai, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), represented by Pharm. Abiodun Ajibade, PSN Chairman, Oyo State; Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, chief executive officer, and founder, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Limited; Pharm. Lanre Tiamiyu, president, Pharmacy Alumni, University of Ibadan; Pharm. Yejide Oseni, zonal director, PCN, South West Zone; Prof. Olabode Popoola, vice-chancellor, University of Osun State (UNIOSUN), and Pharm. (Dr) Lolu Ojo, former national chairman, NAIP.
In his address, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Abel Olayinka, charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution, adding that they should be found worthy in character and in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He noted that in the history of the faculty, over 850 pharmacists have graduated and have started contributing in several ways to the development of pharmacy practice in particular and Nigeria as a whole, adding that pharmacy practice is an integral part of healthcare and cannot be substituted in the healthcare sector.
The university don, while congratulating the faculty on the recent accreditation of pharmacy programme in the university by the PCN, said his administration would continue its drive towards development in the institution and ensure that the status of the university remains the first in the country.
Presenting the 55 graduands for the oath-taking and induction ceremony, the dean of the faculty, Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, who disclosed that the induction was the first to be conducted by her, since her assumption of office as dean, urged the graduands to continue to uplift the banner of the university wherever they found themselves.
She further implored them to always be professional in their conducts and deeds, even during their internship , they should not be money conscious, but rather possess the zeal to save lives and satisfy the professional ethics of pharmacy profession.
While administering the oath, the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, urged the newly inducted pharmacists to abide by the ethics of the profession. He also advised them to develop leadership and interpersonal relationship skills, which he said were vital in pharmacy practice.
The keynote speaker, Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, explained that pharmacy profession is more than just a profession, but a calling and occupation that opens the way to several career opportunities for people to excel in life and fulfil their God-given purpose in life.
The industrial pharmacist, who spoke on the topic “It Is Written”, further admonished the graduands to be ready to position themselves for leadership roles, adding that whatever happens to them in life can be determined by them as nobody would be responsible for their life careers.
The high point of the event was the award of the much-coveted prize for the best graduating student, which was won by Adenike Rachael Adelakun.
Meanwhile, 15 graduands came out with first class honours and were featured on the ‘Roll of Honour’, they included, Adenike Rachael Adelakun, 6.8 CGPA; Chibuzor Maureen Okoro, 6.8; Funmilayo Mosadijeofa Owolowo, 6.7; Rukayat Ohuene Audu, 6.7; Yemisi Mary Oyetunde, 6.6; Abosede Akinkuowo, 6.5; Blaise Omo-Sowho Uvie, 6.5; Anuoluwapo Esther Odunsanya, 6.5; Tolulope Stephen Babalola, 6.2; Adeola Tunmike Omotuyi, 6.2; Jeremiah Adewuyi Alade, 6.1; Shukuralilahi Abidemi Adewusui, 6.0; Emmanuel Ayodeji Agbebi, 6.0; Joshua Tosin Salako, 6.0; Dolapo Asisat Sanusi, 6.0.