The story of the 95th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria tagged “Tin City 2022”, held in Jos, Plateau State, will be uncompleted without the mention of the historic dinner, tagged “Kayhelt Gala Night”, sponsored by Kayhelt Pharma, at Eliel Event Centre, Gold/Base, Jos, Plateau State, as hundreds of pharmacists trooped to the venue and were treated to a grand entertainment.
The event, graced by over 1000 delegates, as the hall was filled to the brim witnessed an avalanche of encomium and applause over the excellent strides of Pharm. (Sir) Bankole Ezebuilo, the managing director, Kayhelt Pharma, first as a notable pharmacist who has contributed immensely to the Pharmacy profession and as an entrepreneur and employer of labour, whose contributions to both the Pharmacy profession and socio-economic spaces remain phenomenal.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion, and former president of PSN, Pharm. (Alh) Yaro Budah, extolled the virtues and exemplary leadership qualities of Ezebuilo, adding that apart from Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, who has attended 49 PSN conferences, since his first conference in 1973, he has never witnessed a gala night of that quality and magnificent.
Budah recalled how Kayhelt boss, Ezebuilo, as the Conference Planning Committee (CPC), chairman for Kaduna 2019, national conference, organised one of the best PSN conferences in the history of the 95-year-old body, adding that his trait of exceptional leadership quality was put to bear and he discharged his responsibility to the fullest.
He added, “While the CPC and LOC committees were doing their planning towards a successful conference this year as well, the MD of Kayhelt Pharma, on his part was doing his homework too to give us a befitting gala night, and tonight, he has proven again to be a fantastic planner and great executor. Jos has been a fantastic town with lovely weather, and Kayhelt has given us a wonderful gala night that will linger in our memory,” he said.
In his speech, the President of PSN, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, appreciated Kayhelt’s boss for his thoughtfulness in organising the event, as he was not expecting such a huge event, never seen in the history of the PSN, adding that he has made the sacrifice for humanity and the profession.
Expressing his profound gratitude on behalf of PSN to the management of Kayhelt, the number one pharmacist in the country noted that aside from the opening ceremony which was well attended and adjudged as arguably the best so far, the Gala Night was also a night like never before. I want to thank the management of Kayhelt, and specifically the MD, for his large and accommodating heart and on behalf of Plateau State PSN, and PSN, national, we are grateful.
While responding, Ezebuilo expressed his profound gratitude to the leadership of PSN, and all the pharmacists present, saying he never saw commendation and the attendant coming, as it was a well-attended event.
I feel good doing this, and apart from doing it for humanity’s sake and for the love of the profession, Jos, Plateau State is also the first home of Kayhelt Pharmaceuticals, and I also schooled here, so I feel happy and fulfilled doing it. I am happy with the array of great personalities here tonight, especially all the past presidents present, as well as the oldest pharmacist at this year’s conference, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, publisher of Pharmanews, and other captains of industry.
“At Kayhelt Pharma, whatever we do, we do it well. This is one of our core values, as we believe that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. I want to say that we are happy and fulfilled for giving back to the pharmacy profession,” he said
The high point of the event was the presentation by the Dantala Cultural Dance Group, Empire Kids Hip-Hop Dance Group; Royal DC Dance Drama Group; Drama Presentation, Comedians and other entertainers.
Other dignitaries who graced the event included former PSN presidents, Pharm. Azubuike Okwor; Pharm. Anthony Akhimien; Pharm. Olumide Akintayo; Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai; Pharm. Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa; Publisher, Pharmanews, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi; Sir Ike Onyechi, chief executive officer, Alpha Pharmacy & Stores; Former chairman, BOF, Prof Femi Mbang-Oyewo; Chairman, BOF, Pharm. Joel Adagazu; Director of Registration and Regulation, NAFDAC, Dr Monica Eimunjeze; Director of Pharmacovigilance, NAFDAC, Dr Ramatu Momodu; Managing Director, Neimeth Int’l Plc, Pharm. Mathew Azoji, among others.