-Eminent Nigerians Back Project
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has unveiled its Pharmacy Tower Project which will also serve as the National Drug and Poison Information, Emergency Response and Research Centre.
The unveiling ceremony tagged ‘Dinner with the President’ held at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, Lagos and graced by eminent Nigerians and distinguished pharmacists was also used to raise funds for the project expected to cost about N2.6 billion.
Among the prominent personalities at the colourful ceremony were Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, president, PSN; Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, deputy governor, Abia State; Mr Goodie Ibru, chairman, Ikeja Hotels Plc; Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, president, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy; Mr Mao Arukwe Ohuabunwa, immediate past senator representing Abia North; Pharm. (Dr) John Nwaiwu, chairman, PSN Project Committee; Pharm. (Sir) Nnamdi Obi, managing director, Embassy Pharm. & Chem. Limited and Pharm. (Mrs) Talatu Uwa-Ebune.
Speaking at the memorable event, Mazi Ohuabunwa said that the Pharmacy Tower, will be a magnificent 8-storey edifice that will house the Medical Information Centre, noting that it will be a source of information on drugs and poisons to the community, emergency medical services personnel, healthcare providers and public health agencies.
The PSN president stated further that with the centre in operation, it is envisaged that there will be significant reduction of fatalities arising from exposures to adverse drug reactions, poisons, substances of abuse and even suicide cases since the centre will be able to mobilise all manner of professionals in emergency response team at any time of the day in Nigeria.
While urging all Nigerians and pharmacists in particular to join hands to help build the structure that will be located on Afribank Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Mazi Ohuabunwa thanked all those who came for the dinner for their support for him and the PSN.
The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling of the edifice designed by Architect Akose Enebeli and the raising of funds for the project from dignitaries at the event. At the end of the fundraising, millions of naira were realized while many of the dignitaries also gave their backing to the project by promising more support as the construction work progresses.
Other eminent personalities at the event were Prof. (Mrs) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, chairman, Board of Fellows (BOF) of the PSN; Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, former president, PSN; Pharm. (Dr) Lolu Ojo, former national chairman, NAIP; Pharm Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, NAIP; Dr Kingsley Amibor, national chairman, AHAPN; Pharm. Matthew Azoji, managing director, Neimeth Pharmaceuticals; and Chief Emma Umenwa, managing director, Geneith Pharmaceuticals.