As part of their plans to pay homage to a worthy patron, and an Icon of Pharmacy,the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), led by the National President, Mr Oluwaseyi Samuel Akanbi, recently paid a courtesy visit to Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited, Lagos.
In attendance at the meeting were: Oluwaseyi Samuel Akanbi, PANS national president; Adekunbi Adewumi Adekunmisi, national treasurer; Ese Mary Iyere, national financial secretary; Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Mr Yusuff Moshood, Pharmanews editor; Mrs Temitope Obayendo, Pharmanewsonline editor; and Mr Adebayo Oladejo,correspondent.
The PANS national executives briefed the Pharmanews Publisher, on the various activities of the association for the session and solicited for his support as well as fatherly advice for the association.
Speaking during the visit, the PANS president, said they officially decided to pay homage to the Doyen of Pharmaceutical Journalism, whom they have been admiring since their day one in pharmacy school, as well as to appreciate the long-standing relationship and support of Sir Atueyi, as one of their patrons and mentors.
Akanbi, applauded Sir Atueyi for his unflinching support and his fatherly care for the younger generation, saying despite his old age, his impact and contribution towards building youngsters are unmatched. He however, promised to carry him along in all their decisions and activities towards building an active and sustainable structure for PANS nationwide.
In his response, Sir Atueyi who played host to the students lauded the effort of the new PANS administration, led by Oluwasegun Samuel Akanbi and commended his determination towards ensuring that he leaves PANS better than he met it.
The respected pharmacist further commended them for the visit and also praised them for coming up with good projects that would add value to the lives of their colleagues within the short period they will be in office. He also commended them for the initiative to visit all the Deans of schools of pharmacy in the country, towards ensuring that PANS activities in the different chapters are adequately supported.
According to him, the visit to all the Deans across all the Twenty-two Pharmacy Schools in the country is a good development that must be emulated by others that are coming behind, because it would afford the leadership of PANS, both at the national and chapter levels, the opportunity to relate well with the academic staff, which would further boost the recognition of PANS in all the schools, he said.
Also speaking, Mr Moshood, Pharmanews editor, commended the youngsters for the visit, as well as assured them that pharmanews would continue to partner with them in the area of publicity for their programmes, just like it has been doing in the past.
He also lauded them on some of their planned programmes for the year, while promising them that he would personally ensure that their events receive necessary media coverage from Pharmanews. “It is very important that people get to know whatever you are doing, and pharmanews will ensure it continues to give you adequate publicity for your programmes”, he stressed.