The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has inaugurated the Pharmacy Advisory Board (PAB), which will serve as the apex conflict resolution platform and final arbiter in organised pharmacy.
The memorable ceremony held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday was graced by eminent Nigerians and past presidents of the PSN amongst whom were Prof. Olu Akinkugbe, Dr Philip Emafo, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, Pharm. Ebenezer Ogunlana, Pharm. (Sen.) Eme Ufot Ekaette, Pharm. (Alh.) Yaro Buda, Dr UNO Uwaga, Pharm. Azubike Okwor, Pharm. Anthony Akhimien and Pharm. Olumide Akintayo.
Speaking at the event which was also graced by Pharm. Chiedu O. Mordi, chairman, PSN Board of Fellows, who is also a member of the PAB, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, PSN, said that based on the PSN constitution, the PAB shall help handle conflicts between individual pharmacists, pharmacists-agencies, and inter-agency conflicts, adding that the PAB which shall be made up of past presidents of PSN and chairman of the Board of Fellows, shall also advise the PSN president on matters of national importance referred to it.
Pharm. Yakasai noted that with the vast experience and influence of the past PSN presidents, they will continue to influence and guide organised pharmacy in Nigeria to the next level of achievements. He added that the character of Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi, the chairman of the PAB, speaks volume of the huge difference the body can make in conflict resolution, discipline and uplifting of the noble profession of pharmacy going forward.
Speaking earlier at the event, the distinguished Prof. Akinkugbe who incidentally clocked 89 years on Tuesday, December 5, said that he was quite pleased to be at the event to honour the call of his constituency which is pharmacy.
He disclosed that even though his children organised a family breakfast to mark his birthday and that he also faced traffic difficulties as a result of fuel queue on the road from Lagos Island, he was happy to have managed to be part of the occasion because he was always happy to be with pharmacists. He praised Pharm. Yakasai for the good initiatives that have been introduced in the management of the society, noting that the PSN helmsman has distinguished himself as president.
In his remarks at the event, Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi noted that the day was made more special because of the presence of Prof. Akinkugbe, adding that the elder statesman made great impact when he served as president of PSN between 1971 and 1974. Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi recalled that he served as the secretary of the Society during that period and learned a lot with others from the eminent Akinkugbe.
Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi also thanked and congratulated Pharm. Yakasai for inaugurating the PAB, adding that he and other members of the Board welcome their nominations with pleasure.
The highlight of the occasion was the official inauguration of the PAB by President Yakasai and the cutting of a birthday cake by Prof. Olu Akinkugbe, assisted by other past PSN presidents, as well as other pharmacists at the event.