Sunday, 2 September 2018

Drug Abuse: Pharmacists Assure On Commitment, Seek Multi-Sector Collaborations


Chioma Umeha
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has pledged to strengthen its activities and collaborations with relevant stakeholders, including the National Assembly and the media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in the country.
Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) made the commitment at the sensitisation programme on drug abuse and misuse, organised by the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna, weekend.
Yakasai who was the special guest of honour, said there was need for multi-sector collaboration among organisations, institutions, groups, even individuals and government to provide practical and lasting solution to the societal ill.
The PSN boss said; “All hands must be on deck to find practical and lasting solution to this societal menace. Over 3 decades ago, I was deeply involved in drug abuse campaign across the country as Director and subsequently National Deputy Presdent of Nigerian Institute of Substance Abuse (NISA). The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is working and will continue to work with the relevant stakeholders like the members of National Assembly and Media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in our great country.
“The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is working and will continue to work with the relevant stakeholders like the members of National Assembly and Media to tackle the challenges of drug abuse in our great country.”
He commended PANS ABU for their choice of theme for the programme, saying; “The theme is apt and appropriate, with the latest trends in drug abuse and misuse particularly in this region of the country.”
Earlier, Yakasai praised the university maintaining a track record of excellence, especially in the area of pharmacy. He said; “For decades, Ahmadu Bello University has been the centre of excellence in human capacity development in Nigeria and Africa.
“In particular, The School of Pharmacy, ABU has demonstrated commitment in training young minds to become distinguished pharmacists, leaders, change agents and problem solvers.”
While reminding the students that the school is his Alma mata, he tasked them to be studious.
“It gives me great pleasure to convey the warmest greetings of the entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to Faculty of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria , Ahmadu Bello University, my Alma mata on the occasion of their 2018 PANS sensitisation programme on drug abuse and misuse as the special guest of honour.
“My hearty congratulations go to all students of this great citadel for organising this very important programme, and having the honour to be a member of this great school of Pharmacy in Nigeria.
“I will advise you all as students to be diligent with your study. Be good ambassadors of this faculty, focus on what you want and be serious with your life. Set goals that inspire you, believe in yourself and be honest.”






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