The former Minister of Health and President of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm) Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has again raised the importance of harmony in the pharmaceutical sector, saying it holds the key to the progress of the profession.
The NAPharm President, who was the chairman at the Book Launch and End of Tenure Ceremony, organised in honour of the outgoing Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm.(Dr) N.A.E Mohammed, used the medium to charge all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector to be cooperative, love one another and strive to move the profession to a greater height.
He also commended the celebrant of the day, Mohammed, describing him as a registrar with noble character.
According to him: “There is a qualitative crowd at this event to make Mohammed proud. Out of 36 contestants, he emerged the registrar eight years ago by the grace of God. If the grace of God visits you and you are ready, it makes you a different person. You don’t get to a public high position by wishful thinking. Mohammed started strongly and he’s finishing strongly. He has displayed character that is worthy of emulation”.
In his remarks, the Chairman, PCN, Professor A. T. Mora, who was one of the fathers of the day, appreciated Mohammed for his selfless service as the registrar of the council, saying he enjoyed working with him. Mohammed’s name will be written in gold in the history of Pharmacy in Nigeria”, Prof. Mora, who is the K’ayayen Sarkin Musulumi said.
Also showering encomium on Mohammed, the former Chairman of PCN, Bruno Nwakwo under whom Mohammed emerged the council registrar, described him as a respectful person. He said “I commend your loyalty, your integrity and respectfulness. You show dedication to a cause. You show respect to everybody in the industry, you show respect to the pharmacy profession, thank you for your service and impact in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy profession”.
Similarly, the former chairman, Lagos Chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. O. A. Oshindeko described Mohammed as a gentle and respective person who has shown dedication in all his endeavour. He said “When you are talking about integrity and sincerity, it is “Nuru” (short form of Nurudeen) you are talking about. He was never involved in any sharp practices.
“Mohammed, you are not just a double prophet but a prophet with pharmaceutical vision and you have displayed this from the beginning to the end of your tenure”.
The event was also used to launch the biography of the outgoing registrar, a book written by the News Editor of the Sunday Sun Newspaper, Mr Enyeribe Joseph Ejiogu, a pioneer health editor of Daily Sun Newspaper. The Foreword of the book was written by Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi.
The biography chronicled the life of Mohammed from childhood to his exploit at PCN, where notable stakeholders described him as bridge-builder and transformative leader. The Publisher of Pharmanews, Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi described Mohammed in the book as a diplomat and bridge-builder who brought peace to Pharmacy profession.
Former President of PSN, Dr U. N. O. Uwaga, remarked in the book that Mohammed moved PCN from analogue to digital era. On his part, the managing director, Alpha Pharmacy and Stores Ltd, Pharm(Sir) Ike Onyechi, in the book said the coming of Mohammed into PCN was divine because his tenure has been good for pharmacists and other stakeholders.
While reviewing the book, Prof. Lere Baale, said the book is idealized influence and also inspirational among others. “If you really want to be a transformational leader or want to make a difference in whatever you are doing wherever you find yourself, you need to read the book “Transformative Leader”, Baale said.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidson Healthcare PLC, Mr Fidelis Ayebae, who was the chief launcher of the book, said all the qualities of Mohammed are endowed in humility.
Other dignitaries present at the event include the Chairman of Access Bank PLC, Dr (Mrs) Dere Awosika- Mother of the day, PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, represented by PSN Secretary Gbenga Falabi; former presidents of PSN, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa; Pharm. Olumide Akintayo; Sir Anthony Akhimien; Pharm. Igwe Alexander Uzo Onyido (Igwe Eze-Chuamagha 1 of Kingdom)-Royal Father of the day; Chairmen of various associations and technical groups in the pharmaceutical industry; Managing Directors and CEOs of pharmaceutical companies, to mention but few.