The Chairman, Board of Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (BOF-PSN), Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo, has charged aspirants in the forthcoming PSN presidential election to let the spirit of harmony run among them, so as to maintain the noble legacy of the pharmacy profession.
She made the call during a recent interactive session between the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) and the presidential candidates preparing for the election to be held at the upcoming annual PSN conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Femi-Oyewo, who was the chairman of the event, held virtually and moderated by the National Chairman, NAPA, Dr Ezekiel Olugbenga Akinkunmi, commended the contestants for presenting themselves at this critical time to serve the Society.
She noted that, going by the pedigrees of the contestants and their score cards, each of them is qualified to be the next PSN president, adding however that it is a known fact that only one of them will eventually be elected at this time.
The BOF-PSN chairman saluted the contestants’ camaraderie so far and urged them to continue in that spirit to the election and beyond it.
Addressing the four candidates, Femi-Oyewo said, “Of all the professional societies in Nigeria, the PSN has been known to conduct the most peaceful and organised election, with no election and post-election issues – like snatching of ballot boxes, going to courts or settling of crises – as has been reported in some other professional associations. You must therefore ensure that you maintain this noble legacy.”
Earlier in his remarks, Dr Akinkunmi noted that NAPA, as the mother of all the technical arms of PSN and being a body of intellectuals, decided to organise the interaction as a way of contributing to the success of the PSN election. He assured the contestants of NAPA’s support to whoever eventually emerges as the president.
Having responded to the questions posed to them, each of the contestants promised to uphold the ethics of the pharmacy profession and make the PSN greater, if elected as the president of the society.
Also present at the interactive session were the two immediate past national chairmen of NAPA, Prof. Martins Emeje and Prof. Emmanuel Ibezim, who also made good contributions to the interactions. The National Secretary, Dr Adebanjo Adegbola, who was the time keeper of the session, as well as other members of the National Executive Council of NAPA and other pharmacists from all over the country and beyond also participated in the programme.