Members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Kano Chapter, has organised a reception in honour of Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, the immediate past President of PSN to appreciate him for his contributions to the advancement of pharmacy and health sector in the country.
Yakasai who has just finished his term as the PSN President was elected in 2015.
Speaking for PSN Kano Chapter, the trio of Pharm Bala Maikudi, the State Chairman of PSN, Pharm Murtala Umar, the Vice Chairman and Chairman organising committee and Pharm Sani Ali, the Secretary, noted that Yakasai has made indelible marks in the development of pharmacy and health industry.
Specifically, they said, the immediate past PSN President has played significant roles toward improving drug distribution channel and ensuring the safety of medicines in compliance with the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG).
These include the unveiling of pharmaceutical information technology online platform which is part of a five-year campaign against drug abuse by Yakasai.
They also observed that through the activities PSN led by Yakasai, the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) granted approval for commencement of the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme (Pharm.D) in Nigeria which has meant that more pharmacists can now participate in the PharmD. programme.
In addition, the young pharmacists have become very visible such that they are able to partner with NAFDAC in the Youth against Drug Abuse (YADA) Programme, as part of PSN efforts to stem the menace of drug abuse in the country under Yakasai, they said.
Responding, the former PSN boss thanked members of Kano PSN, saying, “It gives me great honour and immense joy to witness a day like this, where my brothers, sisters and friends were brought together by my professional colleagues in Kano to celebrate my modest achievements and as the son of soil of Kano for making Kano proud as the President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, the oldest professional body in the country founded in 1927.
“As we already know, Kano is blessed with many honest and hardworking leaders who believe in service to humanity. So, when I got the opportunity to serve my profession at the highest office, I always remember that as your ambassador it is all about service to the people and contributing my own quota to the advancement of the development of the pharmaceutical sector in particular and health sector in general in Nigeria.
“It is pertinent for me to appreciate your immense support during my tenure as the PSN President which really propelled me to take PSN to its rightful place.”
He thanked, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State for his hospitality and support during the PSN council meeting in Kano and for attended his inauguration as the PSN President at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
He further thanked Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, Sarkin Kano and the leadership of the Kano Emirate Council for their support, particularly in the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Former Governor and Sardaunan Kano, Makaman Kano, Alhaji Sarki Ibrahim, among others, saying, “Pharmacists in Kano gave my administration all the support we needed to succeed.”