In recognition of his selfless service and total commitment to growth of pharmacy in Nigeria, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), has been honoured with the prestigious PSN Evergreen Legend Award.
The award ceremony, which took place at the opening ceremony of the 88th PSN Conference, held at the Abuja International Conference Centre on 10th November, had several eminent pharmacists and Fellows of the profession in attendance.
Receiving the award on Adelusi-Adeluyi’s behalf, Pharm Yaro Budah, a past president of the Society, applauded the award, noting that the gesture was a noble one. He apologised for absence of the accomplished pharmacist whom he said had to travel to attend to some pressing issues.
Adelusi-Adeluyi, a former Minister of Health and Social Services, is the founder and present executive chairman of Juli Plc., the first indigenous promoted company to be quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is also the president of the Indigenous Quoted Group (indigenous companies quoted on the Stock Exchange).
Born in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on 2 August, 1940, he attended St. George’s Catholic Primary School, Ado Ekiti, from 1946 to 1952. From there, he proceeded to St Thomas Aquinas College, also in Akure (1953 – 1957) for his secondary education. In furtherance of his education, he went to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan (1959 – 1961).
The pharmacist was among the pioneering set of students that gained admission into the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife), from 1962 to 1965. He also attended the Language Institute, Noordvijk, Holland in 1967. He speaks English, French, Dutch and Spanish fluently.
Adelusi-Adeluyi also studied Law at the University of Lagos (1984 – 1986). At the Nigerian Law School in 1987, he won the Best Overall Student prize. The eminent pharmacist also participated in a programme at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru in 1990.
He is a past national president of the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru. A revered gentleman, he was group of chairman of Oodua Investment Conglomerate. He is also a former national president of the Nigeria-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the national president of the National Council for Population and Environmental Activities (NCPEA).
Among his numerous awards are Member of the Federal Republic, MFR (1986) and Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR (2002). Aside being a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), he is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM); Fellow of the Institute of Directors, London (FIOD); and Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists and Fellow,Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (FPCPharm).