GOODWILL MESSGAE TO ALL NIGERIAN PHARMACISTS ON WORLD PHARMACISTS' DAY

My dear professional colleagues

It is my great pleasure to send this goodwill message to all Nigerian Pharmacists on the occasion of the celebration of the World Pharmacists' Day holding today, 25th September 2018. It is exciting that the different branches, technical and interest groups have outlined several programs to commemorate this day. I pray that as we reach out on this special day to the community, the Good Lord will empower and enrich us all greatly and grant us very successful celebrations.

Taking into cognizance the theme of this year's exercise: PHARMACIST, YOUR MEDICINES' EXPERT, I must say that the time has come indeed for us to push this subject as we face competition from all and sundry in the handling and management of medicines in Nigeria. Despite the great efforts of our leaders over  90 years that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has existed, there still exists some confusion in the minds of the people on who the real experts and custodians of medicines in Nigeria are.

And this why I have stated that the place of the Pharmacist in drug research, production, distribution, drug retailing, drug dispensing and administration must be assured and unencumbered in the scheme of things in Nigeria. We must bring quackery to a halt and fully enthrone the pharmacist at the centre of all pharmaceutical activities in Nigeria. We must ensure that all those who have no genuine or legal business in the industry are routed out as we reclaim our profession, by ring-fencing it.

My vision is to see the Pharmacy profession become one of the most TRUSTED,  RESPECTED and REWARDING Professions in Nigeria. Our mission is to significantly enhance the impact, image, prestige and respectability, recognition and reward for the Pharmacy profession through the dedicated enhancement of professional excellence and service to the medicine consuming  public, effective partnerships with stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system and a proactive advocacy stance.

It is therefore my pleasure dear colleagues to place my wealth of experience and the deep-rooted networks across the length and breadth of Nigeria and the West Africa region at the service of the Society as we enthrone a visionary, impactful, ethical, accountable and God-fearing leadership that will take our Society and profession to the manifest destiny.

I am hoping that we shall all make it happen at Oluyole 2018. Have a blessed celebration

Your colleague and PSN Presidential Aspirant

PHARM. (MAZI) SAM I. OHUABUNWA OFR, MON, NPOM, FPSN, FNAPharm, FPCPharm

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