– Lan pledges to take the association to the next level
The Immediate Past National Chairman, Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) Pharm. (Mrs) Victoria Ukwu has officially handed over the leadership baton of the group to the chairman-elect, Pharm. (Mrs) Scholastica Mnena Lan, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years.
This took place at the official handing over ceremony of ALPs National, held Tuesday, at the Pharmacy House, Anthony Village, Lagos, with other former and newly elected executives in attendance.
Two other immediate past executives – Pharm. (Mrs) Agbomma Esom-Ibe, former national secretary and Pharm. (Mrs) Ibidun Dokubo, former treasurer, successfully handed over to their newly elected colleagues, in the persons of Pharm. (Mrs) Ngozi Josephine Egboh and Pharm. (Mrs) Regina Mngohol Chichi-Agir, as national secretary and national treasurer respectively.
Recall the election of new national executives of the association took place during the Biennial General Meeting at the just concluded 15th Biennial Annual Conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos.
Delivering her valedictory speech, Pharm. Ukwu appreciated all exco members for their contributions towards the success of her tenure, saying she wouldn’t have achieved such huge success without the support and teamwork of her executives.
She explained the motive behind the event, saying after elections have been conducted, it is necessary to do official handing over, which will enhance change of signatories and presentation of association’s documents to the new crop of leadership for a smooth transition .
The Immediate past national chairman, emphasised the need for the new leaders to continue from where they stopped as well as initiate new ideas to keep the flag of the group flying.
Accepting the new responsibility with all sense of sobriety and humility, Pharm. Lan, appreciated her predecessors for laying a solid foundation for the group, noting that documents transferred to her attested to the huge works they have done on behalf of the association. She however assured them that she will not let them down as she and her team members will hit the ground running.
“-While we are not re-inventing the wheels, we are going to build on the foundation of our elders to move the association forward to a higher level.
“It is obvious that ALPs is now an association to be reckoned with as everyone wants to associate with the group”, she asserted.
The new ALPs National Chairman challenged her team members to ready to work, saying being an advocacy arm of the PSN, they might be called upon at short notice for humanitarian exercise as they won’t be paid salary for it.
She intimated them on the funds raised for the ALPs scholarship foundation at the just concluded conference, stating that over a million naira was donated at the conference towards the programme, as the scholarship scheme runs in six states of the federation.
With proper and better documentations, Mrs Lan assured her team of acquiring more funding for the girl child scholarship.
Other excos present at the occasion we’re, former national chairman ALPs, Pharm (Mrs) Yetunde Morohundiya; former CPC, Dr (Mrs) Monica Eimunjeze; Dr(Mrs) Ramotu; Pharm. (Mrs) Modupeore Alli, national financial secretary; Pharm.(Mrs) Hafsah Ameen-Ikoyi, national publicity secretary; and Dr (Mrs) Modupe Ologunagba.
The meeting ended with a courtesy visit to Micro Nova Pharmaceuticals, as Ukwu led her team to appreciate the company for the support they gave her tenure.