– Highlights attributes of good leadership as PSN holds 2017 annual luncheon
President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai has hailed the epoch-making election of Pharm. (Mrs) Bolanle F.O. Adeniran as the new chairman of PSN-Lagos, making her the first woman to occupy the position since the inception of the association.
Yakasai, who identified Pharm. Adeniran as the 15th chairman of the state branch, applauded the smooth transition of power to a woman-led executive, describing it as a good sign of professional growth and maturity, devoid of gender imbalance.
He thus tasked the new chairman on creativity, collaboration, prudence, sacrifice, innovation and tolerance, adding that a good leader is neither arrogant nor aggressive.
The decoration of the new crop of executives was conducted during the 2017 annual luncheon of the state branch, which held at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on 30 April, 2017.
In her response, the newly elected chairman appreciated the Society for the opportunity to serve at such a critical period, while highlighting the objectives of the new administration, which include improved interaction with industrial pharmacists to facilitate easy access to drugs.
Pharm. Adeniran also disclosed the plan to secure an affordable insurance scheme for all pharmacists to prepare for old age and retirement, adding that with the huge number of pharmacists in Lagos, numbering over 2000, getting an efficient and effective insurance cover would not be a tedious job.
Her words: “We will dialogue, we will collaborate, we will plead where the need arises, and do all within our powers just to see the association make progress”.
Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, also commended the state branch for its laudable initiatives in different areas of practice, more so as the leading branch of PSN in the country.
Pharm. Mohammed however charged the body on more work, stating that the compensation for good work is more work and adding that for the flag of the society to keep flying, there is need for more innovation from the new crop of leadership.
The highpoint of the event was the launching of the Eko Pharmacist magazine, which was massively supported by the special guests and all participants.
Other bigwigs who graced the occasion included: Chief (Pharm) Tony D. Ejieji, managing director, Estate Drugs Limited, who was the chairman of the occasion; Pharm. (Mrs) Uzoma Ezeoke, executive director, HR/Finance And General Duties, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.; Pharm. Ubajaka Calistus, managing director, Agary Pharmaceuticals; Pharm. Remi Adeseun, chairman, Rodot Nigeria Ltd.; and Pharm. (Mrs) Olayinka Oredola, managing director/chief executive, Megacare group.