President Muhammadu Buhari has given assent to the long-awaited Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill, says the President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Prof. Cyril Usifoh on Monday.
Pharmanewsonline reports that the PSN and PCN leadership have been on a long discourse of seven years with the Presidency on the importance of the bill, which they averred will enhance proper regulation of the pharmaceutical industry.
Announcing the approval of the Bill in a statement made available to Pharmanewsonline, Usifoh explained the implication of the assent, saying it introduces a new PCN Act to regulate and control Pharmacy practice in Nigeria.
He said: “Dear colleagues, it is with deep appreciation to God that I announce the Presidential assent of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill by H.E President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
“This expressly implies we now have a new PCN Act to regulate and control Pharmacy practice in Nigeria.
“It has been a tortuous journey since 2015 when the PSN and the registry of PCN initiated meaningful development geared toward the actualisation of the PCN Act”.
The PSN helms man used the opportunity to appreciate all who contributed to the actualization of the feat, such as the Immediate Past Registrar, PCN, Dr N.A.E Mohammed, and the incumbent Registrar Pharm I.B Ahmed, for the diligent roles they played.
He also acknowledged the efforts of chairmen of the technical groups and NEC, who gave express support in all ramifications to his administration since 2021 he assumed office.
Usifoh also thanked former presidents of the Society for the unquantifiable struggle for the approval of the Bill, though they didn’t see it materialised.
“I find it necessary to salute the immediate past Registrar Dr N.A.E Mohammed FPSN and his successor and incumbent Registrar Pharm I.B Ahmed FPSN who were diligent and resolute in seeing this agenda through.
“My gratitude goes to the Chairmen of the Technical groups and NEC who gave express support in all ramifications to my initiative to railroad the last NASS approval which we started in December 2021 and has culminated in this landmark Presidential assent.
“Of course, I remain grateful to the Past Presidents of PSN who carefully edited the PCN bill alongside the Registrar and experts from the National Law Reform Commission since 2015 when the Law and Ethics Committee led by the PSN President presented the draft of the PCN bill”, he enthused.