The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa last Wednesday led a strong representative of Nigerian pharmacists at the 2019 FIP World Congress in Abu Dhabi on a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The strong delegates to the Nigerian Embassy which included past PSN presidents, Pharm. (Alh.) Ahmed Yakasai and Pharm. Olumide Akintayo were hosted to a lavish buffet by the Nigerian Ambassador to U.A.E, Mohammed Rimi who was represented by the deputy ambassador, Mr Bashir Basha.
Speaking during the visit Mazi Ohuabunwa thanked the ambassador for hosting the group despite the short notice, noting that Nigerian pharmacists at the FIP conference decided to pay the courtesy visit to let the Embassy know that there are over 200 Nigerians in Abu Dhabi City for the conference even though only about 25 came to pay the visit.
Nigeria, the PSN helmsman said, is an important member of the global pharmacy family, adding that this informed the large Nigerian delegates at the global pharmacy body’s most important annual event holding in Abu Dhabi city.
Mazi Ohuabunwa stated further that Nigerian pharmacists represent the best of professionals the Nigerian nation has to offer, adding that pharmacists believe that the problems of the Nigerian nation are not insurmountable.
Nigerian pharmacists, the PSN president said are determined to take Nigeria out of the list of countries where drugs are abused, noting that when all Nigerians work together a lot can be achieved.
Responding on behalf of the ambassador, Mr Bashir Basha thanked the pharmacists for the courtesy visit, noting that the embassy would like to build on the relationship initiated by the PSN.
He stated further that in spite of the bad image given to Nigeria by some of her citizens, the Nigerian nation and her citizens are still well respected in the UAE, disclosing that the UAE and Nigeria have a mutual legal assistance to address criminal matters.
The two nations, he said also have good trade relationship, adding that there is an ongoing discussion to have a standard MoU on for bilateral agreement to strengthen trade relationship between two nations.