Still in the felicitation mood with Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, who clocked 80 on 1 October 2019, executives of the Board of Fellows (BOF) of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) led by the Chairman, Prof. Mbang Femi–Oyewo, paid a courtesy visit to Pharmanews corporate head office, Mende, Maryland, Lagos, on Friday.
The Chairman, who congratulated Atueyi once again on his milestone achievements of 80 years birthday, 40 years of uninterrupted publication of Pharmanews, and being the winner of the Nigeria Healthcare Media Excellence awards for three years consecutively, prayed for more divine enablement for him and the organisation to continue climbing higher and higher every day.
Femi-Oyewo further commended the Pharmanews boss for his commitment in writing several books even more than some professors, while she prayed for him that his ink will never run dry. She however urged him to write a book on healthy eating habits for people in their fifties to enable them live long in good health like him.
Upon the request of the PSN President Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa to know the financial records of the BOF, she said they discovered that there so many Fellows but very few financial Fellows. Thus she disclosed the intention of the Board to publish the list of financial Fellows of the PSN, in order to encourage others to clear up their arrears, because according to the constitution of PSN, Fellows are not to be in debt.
“The Bye Law of the Board states that : “Membership of the Board shall be in accordance to the constitution of PSN, provided the Fellow has paid all the levies and dues in respect of the year of admission, the Fellow is not in arrears of dues for more than a year”, she stated.
The BOF Chairman, also made mention of the availability of the communique from the last Mid-Year meeting of the group, being the first of its kind, it was well organised and recorded a great success, though it cost them a lot of us, “but since it was the first one, we decided that we had to get it right”.
The pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), again appreciated Atueyi for his contributions to Pharmacy students’ activities in the universities and his generous donation of Pharmanews every month to the faculties.
Atueyi in response expressed his gratitude to the BOF executives for their visit, describing it as an epoch-making visit, being the first time BOF executives will be coming to visit Pharmanews. He also congratulated the Chairman, as the first female professor to emerge BOF chairman.
The Pharmanews boss further commended Femi-Oyewo for the successful mid-year meeting organised by the group, saying it was well planned, with the choice of speakers, who did justice to the theme of the symposium.
Atueyi, however advised the executives to embark on proper investigation and documentation before publishing the list of financial members, in order to ensure that everyone is carried along and for their record to be respected.
He narrated his experience with a pharmacist while trying to collate the list of pharmacists who are 80 years and above. He said the octogenarian had since gone into full time politics, and claimed he is no longer a pharmacist, but he told him that he is still a pharmacist.
“While trying to get details about this pharmacist, I saw his phone contact so I called him. I said I’m Pharm. Atueyi he said he knows. Then I told him I want to update records of some of us who are above 80, but he said I’m no longer a pharmacist. I said no, that you are even a Fellow. He said no, I’m no more a pharmacist, I’m now a politician. I asked what is your age? He said I’m 87 years. So I told him that though he has left Pharmacy practice, but he is still a pharmacist. So that could be happening to some Fellows who are completely outside the profession, and have forgotten that they are still pharmacists”, he explained.
Therefore, he noted that it requires a lot of information gathering on their side, before they finally document, which will also accord the document respect.