BY CHIOMA UMEHA
Pharmacists under the auspices of Board of Fellows (BOF) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has said that Nigeria needs its best hands to navigate through the choppy waters, comparing the current state of the nation to a sinking ship.
The BOF said urged for new policies by the Federal Government which will tap from the hidden potentials pharmaceutical industry to lift Nigeria from economic turbulence.
Giving the remarks at a press conference in Lagos, Dr. Joel Adagadzu, Chairman BOF-PSN, tasked the country’s decision-makers to explore the use of skills of BOF members to get the country out of its current rut and open the door for national development.
Announcing their forthcoming Annual Mid-Year Meeting in a press briefing, Adagadzu, said the meeting will hold at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, from 28 to 29 June 2022.
He said that the BOF through the Mid- Year – Meeting is determined to work closely with the support of relevant stakeholders in finding appropriate remedies that will re-energise, reinvigorate and enhance the self-esteem of the Fellows of PSN.
According to him, the goal is for them to fully assume their expected position as role models for pharmacists and other professionals and also participate actively in national development.
The BOF-PSN boss disclosed the theme of this year’s Public Lecture, which is the fourth in the series, as “Harnessing the potentials of Fellows of professional associations in Nigeria for national development: The pharmacists perspective”.
He said, “Nigeria at the moment is likened to a sinking ship that needs its best hands to navigate it through stormy waters and rescue it. Fellows of the PSN like those of other professional bodies constitute a significant part of the country’s useful crop of human resource potentials. No country that hopes to develop and progress can afford to ignore such resources.
“We call on the government of Nigeria and all those occupying positions of authority to focus their searchlight in the direction of Fellows of professional bodies to rescue the nation from its present predicament and for overall national development.”
Adagadzu further said that the Public Lecture, will be delivered by a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the person of Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama. He said the meeting will also feature the usual Meeting of Fellows and a Closing Dinner, during which the BOF will honour some eminent Nigerians for their outstanding contributions to national development and their support to the growth of Pharmacy in Nigeria.
On the choice of the Public Lecture Speaker, Pharm. (Chief) Yetunde Moroundiya, BOF-PSN vice-chairman, explained that the board has been careful in selecting the best speakers since the inception of the lecture.
Moroundiya chronicled the list of former speakers at BOF-PSN lectures as follows, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, founder, Board of Directors, Savannah Centre for Democracy and Development; Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, former DG, NCDC, and Dr Ayodele Lanre Teriba, CEO, Economic Associates Lagos, for the first to third lectures respectively.
Chief Lanre Familusi, the Secretary, listed other activities of the BOF-PSN, disclosing that the group is collaborating with relevant agencies in their war against drug abuse. Decrying the height of drug abuse in the country, which is wasting the leaders of tomorrow.
According to Familusi, the BOF is teaming up with rehabilitation centres, NYSC “No to Drug Abuse Club”, and the NDLEA in order to reduce the spate of the problem.
Berating government’s importation of medical expatriates, Pharm (Mrs) Ngozi Obikili, Treasurer, BOF-PSN collaborated earlier views on the aptness of the theme of the public lecture on the need to use indigenous professionals. "Government should tap into the unused resources of Fellows of professional associations to develop the country," Obikili added.