Poised to provide an enabling environment for teaching and learning, the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, has donated the sum of Two million, Five hundred thousand naira, to support the procurement of a bus for the faculty.
The event, which took place at the Faculty of Pharmacy, on May 26, 2016, was attended by the executive members of the Alumni Association of the faculty, Dean of the faculty; Pharm (Prof.) Chinedum P. Babalola, FPSN, heads of departments in the faculty , executive members of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students, UI Chapter, representatives of the Director of Public Communication of the University of Ibadan and the Executive Officer of the Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan.
President of the Alumni Association; Pharm Olanrewaju Tiamiyu, while handing over the cheque to the Dean of Pharmacy, re-echoed the focus of the Alumni, which was saddled on helping the faculty and by extension, the University. Pharm. Tiamiyu mentioned that the most pressing need of the faculty was the procurement of a bus, which the faculty has been unable to procure in over 30 years of its existence. Though the Alumni executive was re-inaugurated in 2013, Pharm Tiamiyu mentioned that the collaborative efforts put in by all members of the Alumni, including the Board of Trustees, to ensure the success of the donation was just a tip of the ice berg.
Pharm (Prof.) Chinedum P. Babalola, while receiving the cheque applauded the Alumni for their efforts in assisting to provide an enabling environment for teaching and learning in the faculty. She mentioned that the faculty was able to raise some funds for bus procurement during the 30th Anniversary of the faculty, but needed more funds to actualize the dream of having a bus to convey the students on outside postings and visits to community pharmacies.
Miss Bolutife Adedeji, the General Secretary of PANS, thanked the Alumni for the gesture and was hopeful that when the bus is eventually purchased, it will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings that the students go through in boarding public buses to go for external postings, ward-rounds and internships.