(By Adebayo Oladejo)
The recent induction and oath-taking ceremony of 141 Pharmacy graduates of the University of Lagos took a more glamorous and celebratory dimension, as it was announced that a total of eight students who graduated with distinction were all females.
Chairperson of the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs), Lagos State Chapter, Pharm. Modupe Ologunagba, and other members of the association present at the induction beamed with delight at the disclosure.
While speaking with pressmen, Pharm. Ologunagba said she was even more delighted that over 50 percent of the graduands were females.
“The fact that over 50 percent of the graduands today are ladies is a thing of pride to the association…This is a good development for the pharmacy profession because females are more stable in their careers and if we go back to history, Pharmacy actually started with the women; so it’s like bringing back history to reality.”
She seized the occasion to advise the female graduands not to abandon the practice of Pharmacy, assuring them that ALPs has a very strong platform for them to excel in whatever area of the profession they wished to pursue.
The ALPs boss further revealed to the graduating students that the scarves bearing the name and logo of the association, which were shared to them, was a symbol of their acceptance into the association.
“The scarf is an innovation and we are doing this in order to motivate and mobilise our membership, and now that we have realised that majority of the graduands are females, we want them to start having a sense of belonging from today, so that they can contribute positively to the vision of the association.”
Reacting to the warm gestures of ALPs, one of the female graduands, Fasanmade Abiola Odunayo, who was clearly overjoyed, said she was happy to be part of the ceremony, adding that she was prepared for the challenges ahead because she had been taught a lot of things that she needed to know, in order to cope in the real world.
“I am going to practice Pharmacy and nothing will take me away from Pharmacy,” she enthused.
On her opinion of ALPs, Odunayo said, “I am already a member because they have given us forms to fill and we have done every necessary thing to become part of them and I can’t wait to join them.”