Pharm. Babatunde Samuel Aremu, (popularly called Babsam) is a man with an uncommon passion for the pharmacy profession. Born on 3 February 1971 in Lagos, he had his primary education at UPE School 1, Festac Town, between 1978 and 1984, before proceeding to Awori Ajeromi Grammar School, Agboju, where he obtained his WASC in 1989 and emerged as one of best three graduating students for that set.
Having been denied admission to study his dream course, Pharmacy on his first and second attempts, he temporarily dropped his “Pharmacy or nothing” mantra and quickly settled for admission into Yaba College of Technology to study Food Science and Technology. He graduated with a National Diploma in 1994, again as the second best graduating student.
However, he attempted another JAMB, and this time, he was not only given admission to study Pharmacy but was one of the eight candidates admitted on merit into the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka. He obtained his B.Pharm degree in 1999.
As a pharmacy undergraduate, Babsam distinguished himself both academically and in sport. Upon graduation, he acquired a brief hospital pharmacy experience, first as an internee at UITH, Ilorin, and later as a Youth Corps member EBSUTH, Abakaliki.
Putting the hospital settings behind, Babsam settled for community practice in 2002 when he established the now popular pharmacy in the Ilorin metropolis called Babsam Pharmacy and Stores Limited. The pharmacy now has a branch office.
Babsam has served the pharmacy profession in various capacities and at different levels. He was secretary and chairman, Association of Superintendent Pharmacists (ASP), Kwara State (2002-2006). ASP was a locally built umbrella body of superintendent pharmacists set up to specifically protect the interests of pharmacy professionals who registered and worked for non-pharmacists.
He also served as acting secretary, ACPN Kwara State (2007-2008); general secretary, ACPN Kwara (2008-2011); general secretary PSN Kwara State (2011-2014), chairman, Kwara State Copharm (2014 to date), secretary, Kwara State Copharm (2011-2014), chairman, ACPN Kwara State (2014-2017), NEC member PSN (2011-2014), chairman, LOC for the 33rd ACPN Annual National Conference (2014), member, CPC, ACPN National Conference (2014, 2020), chairman, Accommodation Subcommittee for PSN National conference (Harmony 2013), current national financial secretary, ACPN
Babsam is happily married to Mrs Kehinde Aremu and the union is blessed with children.