The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. (Mazi). Sam Ohuabunwa, has advised the leadership of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) to remain dedicated to the goal of advancing the interests of the association, as well as remain united, noting that the general acceptance of the new chairman, Pharm. Wale Oladigbolu, is an indication that ACPN is on the course of greatness.
The number one pharmacist in the country said this during a courtesy visit by the national executive members of ACPN, led by its chairman, Pharm. Oladigbolu, to the PSN National Secretariat, Pharmacy House, in Anthony, Lagos, on Wednesday.
While noting that he has no issue with ACPN, Ohuabunwa further charged the visitors to always demonstrate the fear of God in the discharge of their duties.
“I have no issue with ACPN, as it’s a very important part of me as the PSN president, as a former chief executive officer of Neimeth, as a pharmacist and an elder in the profession, so I cannot have an issue with a technical arm as important as ACPN, even if any issue arises at all, it has to be settled and move on”.
Speaking further, the president while urging the leaders to be determined to do their best in rendering exceptional services, regardless of challenges, stressing that the reward of their service will come sooner or later; saying they should do their best today as many will one day remember them and appreciate their service to the association.
He continued: “We thank God for the successful transition and for giving us a brand new leadership. The world is a dynamic place and one of the things that happen in life is that we do come and go, so the most important thing is to do our best when we have the opportunity as history is always there to judge us on what we did and what we didn’t do well, but it becomes a problem when human being attributes infallibility to himself, it is a bad thing.
“I am indulgent, I am tolerant, and I have a fatherly posture, but I believe in discipline because a society without discipline is bound to fail. Discipline is what keeps an association going and maintain regularity and creditability. So I think the issue on the ground had been a personal issue all along, so it does not in any way affect the relationship between the PSN and ACPN”, he said.
Responding to the president’s remarks, Oladigbolu said that the association’s visit was to show appreciation to the president for its continual support over the years, especially his fatherly role over the years, and to also seek his elderly advice as well as intimating him with the plans of the ACPN for the next three years.
Oladigbolu further noted that the visit was very significant, as it was his first visit to PSN boss since his assumption of office as national chairman.
The ACPN boss further seized the opportunity to state some of its plans which includes, community pharmacy expansion scheme; clean medicine initiative, which has to do with the drug distribution system in Nigeria, and depth and growth of Pharmacy practice, as well as leadership trust project, which he said the association will vigorously work on.
“We are happy to be with your warm reception, our mission was to come with all our executive members, but due to distance issue, finances and other logistic reasons, we had to come as we are. As we look forward to the conference in Rivers State, we are here to seek your support as we hit the ground running on our programmes and as we plan to have our inauguration very soon”.
Others in attendance at the meeting were Pharm. Ambrose Eze, national secretary, ACPN; Pharm. Mrs Ashore Omokhafe, national treasurer, ACPN, and Pharm. Charles Oluwaseyi, head of admin, ACPN national secretariat.