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Barely one month after he emerged as President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, has added a feather in his cap as he was appointed the Honorary Consul -General of Pakistan in Nigeria.
Yakasai’s appointment was contained in a letter signed by President Asif Ali Zardari of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
A statement made available to Newswatch Times, on Monday, said that the letter was presented to him by the Pakistan High Commissioner in Nigeria, retired Lt Gen Agha Umer Farooq, at a well-attended investiture ceremony at Meena event Centre, Nassarawa GRA Kano.
Commenting on Yakasai’s new appointment, the Pakistani High commissioner in Nigeria, His Excellency Lt Gen Agha Umer Farooq, (Rtd) commended Nigeria for the cooperation his country has enjoyed in her diplomatic relationship for decades.
According to him, Pakistan has enjoyed goodwill from Nigeria through capacity building, energy, science and technology, pharmaceutical, healthcare, agriculture and others.
|Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai|
President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)
He was optimistic that Nigeria and Pakistan could achieved a lot together in the years ahead as it is about to strengthen the diplomatic ties between both countries.
The example is demonstrated through diplomatic assignment it has given a Nigerian citizen, the first of its kind in the age long history of West Africa, the statement said.
Gen Farooq noted that Yakasai merits the honour on the basis of his strong capacity to build bridges of understanding and co-operation to promote economic and human resource development between two communities. He further said With Yakasai’s new appointment; he is not only a Nigerian and Pakistan property, but a global figure while noting that his acceptance of the diplomatic assignment will open new opportunities to empower people from both countries.
In response, Yakasai said his 15-years relationship with the Pakistan ranges from business to establishment of community hospital.
According to him, this among many other selfless services to humanity culminated into his new appointment. He noted that this is a very rare honour done to Kano, Nigeria, African and the world and promised to uphold the confidence reposed in him.
He noted, “This is a very rare honour done to Kano, Nigeria, African and the world,” and promised to uphold the confidence reposed in him.
Continuing, he pledged his sustained commitment to serving humanity anywhere he finds himself, adding that he has exemplified this by abandoning a more lucrative and highly paid consultancy jobs in many organizations for a lower paid assignment of a Civil Commissioner in Kano from 2005 till 2011.
The new PSN boss also said that his new diplomatic assignment as the Honorary Consul-General of Pakistan in Nigeria will not in any way disturbs the discharge of his duties as President of the society.
The investiture ceremony had several eminent persons in attendance including: Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof Hafiz Abubakar; Sardaunan Ringim; Alh. Muhammad Badaru Abubakar; former Governor of Kano State, and former Federal Minister of Education and Sardaunan Kano, Malam (Dr.) Ibrahim Shekarau and former Military Administrator of Jigawa State, Col Abubakar Zakari Maimalari (retired).
According to the statement, the Emir of Kano Alhaji (Dr.) Muhammad Sanusi II which was read by the Dan Amar of Kano while thanking the government of Pakistan for the rare honour done to their illustrious son, urged him to continue in his unique service to humanity.
Similarly, Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State remarked that Yakasai expressed strong confidence that Yakasai is the right choice for the position in Africa.
Others are the Emir of Kano, Alh(Dr.)Mohammadu Sanusi II, represented by Dan Amar of Kano and District Head of Bebeji, Dan Adalan Kano and District Head of Tofa, Makaman Kano and District Head of Wudil; diplomatic corps from both Pakistan, Tunisia, Benin Republic among others.
This story was published in Newswatch Times on December 10, 2015.