…As Winners emerged in Pharmanews Inter-School Debate & Quiz Contest
The 48th Annual National Convention of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), held at the 750 Hall A, Delta State University, Abraka, saw the addition of another feather to the cap of the Publisher of Pharmanews, Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, as he was recently inducted into the National Hall of Fame of the student body, in recognition of his immense support to pharmacy education and pharmacy practice generally.
Inducted alongside the octogenarian at the conference was Dr Mohammed Zango, retired director, Medical Service Limited, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Speaking at the event where the duo became Life Patrons of the association, Chukwuemeka Victor Francis, national president, PANS, described the two patrons as worthy recipients of the honour, going by their antecedents in the pharmacy society, adding that through their selfless services to the profession, they have touched many lives positively.
He added that Sir Atueyi has been supporting PANS and the pharmacy profession since back in the years until now, even before most of the young ones today were born, adding that many debates and quiz competitions that were organised across the country at state chapters level were all sponsored by Pharmanews, including the prestigious Pharmanews Essay and Debate Competition at the national convention.
“I call him one of the fathers of Pharmacy because he had mentored a lot of people and many of us look up to him as a symbol of hope, that if he could do it, then we can do it as well. To many of us, we have a father who loves us deeply” he affirmed.
He continued, “Also in the same vein, Dr Zango has been helping PANS national in sponsoring programmes, and also helping with pharmacy emblem nationwide, so we deem it fit to appreciate him as well. We appreciate these fathers because the more we appreciate them, the more they do for us”.
The high point of the event was the Pharmanews Debate Contest with the topic, AI in Pharmacies: Revolutionising personalised medicine or jeopardising patients trust?, which saw Enugu State University emerge winner, while the Niger-Delta University, and University of Benin, came first and second runner-up respectively.
In the same vein, for the Quiz Competition, Niger-Delta University emerged winner. At the same time, Enugu State University and the University of Uyo, came first and second runners-up respectively.
Represented by Mr Adebayo Oladejo, senior reporter, Pharmanews, Sir Atueyi said he was happy that the third edition of the event was able to hold, adding that he was grateful to PANS for ensuring that the great honour done to Pharmanews two years ago at UNIUYO, where the competition started has been sustained.