In spite of the nationwide peaceful protests embarked upon by Nigerian youths toward ending police brutality and disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, is optimistic of holding the upcoming 93rd Annual National Conference as planned.
The Society maintained that the conference is as good as being held because every machinery has been set in motion for the success of the conference.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Vice-Chairman, Conference Planning Conference, Dr Egbunna Udeorah assured pharmacists of divine intervention in the situation in the country as all preparations are put in place already.
He noted that having contended with issues regarding COVID-19 and arrived at running an hybrid conference, it will be difficult to postpone the conference.
“We are just coming out of COVID-19 issues, and then waking up to this national protest, we are praying for this to be brought under control.
“ It is just two weeks to the conference and we have paid for everything. So we are very hopeful that the whole thing will be curbed”, he opined.
In the same vein, Chairman, Committee of Heads of Pharmacy in Federal Health Institutions (COMHPFHI) Dr Daniel Orumwense, has expressed optimism that the conference will run smoothly as scheduled.
He urged pharmacists not to be afraid as he believes that everything will fall in place accordingly.
“For me, the conference is as good as being held as all arrangements are in place to make it a success.
“With the curfew imposed in Edo and now Lagos, I think that will be end of #ENDSARS protest in the states.Thus, the conference will hold and continue to hold”, he stressed.
The National Chairman, PSN Young Pharmacists Group, Pharm. Isa Muhammad also towed the line of thought of other pharmacists saying the conference will hold as agreed.
He also noted the support of young pharmacists against all forms of police brutality and ending of SARS.
He said:” We are against all forms of police brutality and the ending of SARS.
“We believe by the end of the week, everything will subside and we will have a smooth conference”.