The Chairman BOF, and very distinguished fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, let me start with an apology. I had scheduled my trip before I got to know of the dates for this year’s mid-year meeting of BOF and it was difficult for me to reschedule because of other parties involved in the trip. I was actually looking forward to attending this meeting which would be my first since I had the privilege to become the President of our society and which should afford me the opportunity to reunite with new and old fellows. And realizing that by the grace of God, I am the first Past Chairman of BOF to become PSN President, I was hoping to use this opportunity to express my thanks to the Board for the support we received. Nevertheless I am being effectively represented at this meeting by Fellow Ejiro Foyibo, the Deputy President South, PSN
REBIRTH OF NIGERIA
I am impressed by the contents of the program for this year’s mid year meeting, particularly by the theme for the Public lecture: Rebirth of Nigeria- Harnessing the Great Potentials. I am also enthused by the Guest Speaker- Prof Ibrahim Gambari, a very distinguished and renowned Academic, Nationalist and Diplomat. I trust that he will give the topic an exhaustive treatment. Nigeria actually needs a rebirth. I cannot agree more. Our Country is grossly underperforming in virtually every sector. But in my view, the rebirth most start from our political leadership if it will ever have a chance.
I also believe that our professional practice in Pharmacy needs rebirth. Nigerian Pharmacists need to rethink our professional practice and move it to a level that will help Nigeria become competitive in every aspect of Pharmaceutical practice and in the process elevate Nigeria’s Healthcare to higher levels of quality. Again as with our National polity, the leaders and elders of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria- represented by the Board of Fellows must lead this rebirth. We need to take full charge of the Pharmaceutical space and ensure the sanctity of the distribution channels from the factory gate to the consumption outlet.
I must say that I have received the goodwill and support of the members of BOF since we came to office. The EXCO led by our able chair, Prof Mbang Femi-Oyewo and members have cooperated with us optimally. I wish to express my thanks for the willingness of many fellows to lead and participate in the various action and statutory committees we have set up to help us drive our agenda. The relationship between PSN leadership and BOF has been very cordial and complimentary. That is the way it should be as we have only one professional society- the PSN and all of us have a common vision.
I wish all the participants at this meeting a great and productive time. I am looking forward to receiving the reports and communique from the meeting with hope that we will have actionable items that will help pull up our professional standards and pursuits.
Thank you so much and God bless
Pharm (Mazi) Sam I. Ohuabunwa OFR, MON, FPSN, FNAPharm, FPCPharm, NPOM