The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakasai, has called on practitioners in the pharmaceutical sector to embrace integrity and demonstrate leadership through pragmatic community service.
He made the admonition after inaugurating the Committee to administer the 2017 May & Baker Professional Service Awards for the 90th Annual National Conference of the PSN, scheduled for Abia State, in November this year.
Earlier, Mr. Yakasai had commissioned Mrs Maureen Ebigbeyi – Director, Ports Inspection Directorate, National Agency for the Control of Foods and Drugs (NAFDAC) to pilot the affairs of the body.
The other Committee members include Mr. Gbolagade Iyiola ( Secretary), Nihimetu Momodu, Godwin Osuji, Mrs Frida Obikili, and Bala Maikudi – all of whom were retained from the 2016 edition. Meanwhile, the Corporate Communications Manager, May & Baker Nigeria Plc. – Innocent Adulugba – would provide support services.
The inauguration was hosted by the MD/CEO May & Baker, Nnamdi Okafor, who welcomed the PSN contingent. He said, “This award is a tradition that has come to stay since 2005. May & Baker will continue to support quality practice, ethics and humanitarian services especially in the pharmaceutical sub-sector.”
Responding, the Chairman, Mrs Maureen Ebigbeyi, on behalf of the Committee accepted to serve the PSN on this assignment with utmost responsibility. She assured that, “the Committee would bring quality improvement to bear on the award selection process including massive publicity across traditional and online media to reach all applicants and achieve a level playing field. Again, we thank May & Baker Plc. for their leadership and patronage and for transforming the Pharmacy practice in Nigeria through its proprietary May & Baker Professional Service Award and many milestones.
Continuing, she said, “The Committee will also screen applicants in the areas of integrity, leadership positions held in the professional and social platforms including philanthropic activities and service to humanity – outside of pharmacy. Also, mandatory session with the Committee is sacrosanct. We enjoin Pharmacists to continue to champion excellence and innovation despite the pervading environmental challenges. The deadline for submission of all application is September 30th, 2017.”