Forty students were inducted into Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) by the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Ibadan, at an induction ceremony held at the Large Lecture Theatre of the Faculty of Pharmacy, on Thursday, July 3.
In his opening remark, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Isaac Adewole, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Emilolorun Ayelari, welcomed everyone to the 27th induction ceremony.
Professor Adewole stressed that over the past 30 years, the faculty had demonstrated an enviable reputation for her significant contribution to meeting the manpower needs of the nation’s pharmaceutical sector.
He also stated that recent commitment in the faculty had yielded the establishment of the Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP) through MacArthur Grant for Excellence.
The Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Chinedum Babalola, in her address, congratulated the graduands, their parents, as well as the well wishers present at the ceremony.
Professor Babalola revealed that the Faculty of Pharmacy of the university had produced great professionals and currently houses great minds who have won laurels, grants, recognitions locally and internationally.
He maintained that the faculty is the only faculty teaching herbal medicine in Nigeria, and urged other institutions to embrace the development.
“Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, has won the bid to host the National Association of Pharmacists (NAPA) journal for life,” she said.
Mrs Fayo Williams, who delivered the induction lecture entitled: ‘From Lab to Enterprise: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset,’ advised the graduands to be creative and to learn new skills to make them employable.
Mrs Williams noted that the need for everyone to have a paradigm shift in our belief system is as a result of high unemployment rate in the country and disappearance of white collar job.
The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Elijah Mohammed, in his remark, charged the graduands to discharge their “indispensable responsibilities professionally and provision of innovative services that will make you stand out.”
Mr Mohammed lamented that brain drain had led to shortage of pharmacists in the nation’s pharmaceutical sector.
The registrar assured graduands that his administration would reposition Pharmacy registry for effective service delivery and institutionalisation of good Pharmacy practice in Nigeria.
Abiola Adenike Ola emerged the best graduating student and was awarded the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Prize.
(400-Level, Department of Educational Management, University of Ibadan)
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