-As Omoluabi 2020 kicks off in grand style
Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola has described the ongoing 93rd Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria ,PSN, as a blessing to the state, while urging pharmacists in the country to remain committed to quality healthcare delivery.
The Governor made the call while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 93rd Annual National Conference of the Society, tagged “Omoluabi 2020” and held at the De Distinguished Event Centre, Osogbo, Osun State today.
Oyetola, who was the guest of honour and chief host at the event, said he was delighted to host pharmacists across the country for the first time in the state, adding that he was ready to ensure that adequate security of the lives and properties of the delegates is well taken care of throughout the week-long programme.
According to the Governor, delegates are assured of the high-class hospitality nature of the people of the state, adding that they are at liberty to move around as the may wish as the state is safe and secure.
Acknowledging the vital role of pharmacists in society, especially being the drug manufacturers and drug experts, the governor said this should spur them to be more dedicated and passionate about their chosen profession.
The PSN President, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, in his welcome address expressed his delight with the warm welcome he received from security personnel on his arrival into the state during the curfew hour.
“It was quite surprising to note that after introducing myself to the security personnel as a pharmacist, I was accorded a lot of respect and was allowed to go based on an instruction from the governor that pharmacists that are coming for the conference should be given special waivers”.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire, who was represented by Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, chief medical director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, said the theme of the conference, “Technological Revolution: Adaptation in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Pharmacy Practice, and Regulation”, was apt, considering the challenge facing the country at the moment and the fact that it was coming at a time the country was coming out of pandemic.
In his contribution, Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, who was represented by Pharm. Peter Iliya, director, Abuja Zonal Office, equally commended the theme of the conference, also noted that the conference was strategic as it came at a time the country needs it most.