Members of the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) National have elected new officials to pilot the affairs of the group for the next two years. Election of the 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.
The names and posts of the newly elected officials are : Pharm.(Mrs) Scholastica Mnena Lan, national chairman; Pharm. (Mrs) Rose Aghaebe Oluchukwu, vice-chairman North-Central Zone; Pharm. (Mrs) Anna Samndi vice-chairman North-East Zone; Pharm.(Mrs) Salamatu Ohunene Ibrahim, vice-chairman North-West Zone; Pharm. (Mrs) Sandra Timiendu Dandyson, vice-chairman South-South Zone; Pharm. (Mrs) Omobolanle Adetoun Ajao, vice-chairman South-West Zone; Pharm.(Mrs) Uzoma Emmanuela Umeononihu vice-chairman South-East Zone; Pharm. (Mrs) Ngozi Josephine Egboh, national secretary; Pharm. (Mrs) Regina Mngohol Chichi-Agir, national treasurer.
Others are Pharm. (Mrs) Modupeore Alli, national financial secretary; Pharm.(Mrs) Hafsah Ameen-Ikoyi, national publicity secretary; Pharm. (Mrs) Agbomma Emmanuela Esom-Ibe, editor-in-chief; Pharm.(Mrs) Salamatu Orakwelu, un- officio member North; Pharm.(Dr) Modupeolu Ologunagba, un-officio member South and Pharm. (Mrs) Victoria E. Ukwu, immediate past national chairman.
Congratulating Lan and other executives for their successful emergence at the polls, Ukwu urged all members of the association for full support of the new crop of leadership saying their cooperation is key in order for the executives to succeed.
Rendering the stewardship of her four year-tenure, she recalled impacts made in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as public education and campaigns on drug and substance abuse in secondary school, humanitarian services through visits to orphanages and elderly homes, commemoration of the International Day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, International Day of the Girl-Child, among others.
As an expansion of the group’s girl-child support, she disclosed that ALPs has instituted an Education Fund for daughters of indigent widows and orphans in the six geopolitical zones of the Federation.
She listed the names of the children benefiting from the association’s Education Fund to include: “Mary Ajiji from Makurdi, Benue State (North Central): Aisha Shatima MaIna from Gwarge, Borno State (North East); Amina Said from Gusau LGA, Zamfara State (North West); Chiwendu Victoria Iwu from Mbaise, Imo State (South East); Joy Chinedu from Benin, Edo State (South South); Saffiyat Ajayi from Ikorodu, Lagos State (South West).
In her acceptance speech shortly after the swearing-in of her team of executives, the newly elected National Chairman, Pharm. (Mrs) Scholastica Mnena Lan, expressed profound appreciation to all members for the confidence reposed in her and other officials of the group, assuring them of their commitment to take the association to a greater height.
She assured all members of an inclusive administration, saying her administration will leave no one behind, as her lines are opened to receive ideas, suggestions and innovations that will lift the association to the desired height. “We as an executive need prayers, support in cash and kind and cooperation of all. We request the “I CAN” spirit in all members and partners so that together we will achieve much more”.
She said her administration is hinged on four action points which are: establishment of branches in states where the association is non-existing yet, mentorship for young colleagues, increase recognition for ALPs achievements, and sustenance of existing projects of the association.
According to her, these action points are: “Reach out to states that have not established branches of ALPs to get them active, vibrant and promotion of the dreams of our founding mothers for service to humanity and professional excellence can be achieved and felt by their communities; Giving guidance, support, mentoring and motivation to young colleagues so that they get it right with their careers. We seek the support of senior colleagues to adopt young ALPians and mentor through post-graduation and the real-life practice and reach career zenith with integrity and professionalism.
“Increase recognition of ALPS achievements by having them documented and shared with strategic partners in order to attract partnerships and collaboration. We will from time to time hold online discussions to understand which issues are most pertinent to lady pharmacists, and use the results to inform projects agenda.
“Continue and sustain the already existing projects of the past executive like the educational scholarships for the girl child, recognition of senior colleagues and founding mothers, partnerships with relevant corporate bodies, ALPs cooperative support for set up of laudable enterprises, medicinal natural drugs discovery and production, mentoring of the young and securing internship placements for fresh graduands, collaboration with other professional groups just to mention a few”, she quipped.
Welcoming delegates across the country to the conference, the host, Pharm.(Dr) Afusat Adesina, chairman, Lagos State ALPs and the Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, Pharm (Dr) Monica Eimunjeze, urged them to use the opportunity to upgrade their practice knowledge as well as interact for the purpose of collaboration.
The duo who acknowledged that the planning process of the conference wasn’t without challenges, but they expressed their delight in the overal success of the conference.