…Announces plans to launch PANS Media Crew
Amidst the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, which commenced on Monday 14 February 2022, the new leadership of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), University of Benin (UNIBEN) Chapter, represented by the President, Gerald Kosisochukwu Nnadi, paid a courtesy visit to Pharmanews Limited on Thursday, 24 March, 2022.
The scheduled visit which took place at the company’s corporate office in Lagos, had Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Ltd; Mr Patrick Iwelunmor, editor; Mrs Temitope Obayendo, online editor and Mr Adebayo Oladejo, senior reporter, in attendance.
Filled with excitement for meeting the Publisher of Pharmanews Journal, Sir Atueyi in person for the first time, Nnadi explained that the visit became imperative for two reasons, one of which was to appreciate the Pharmanews Publisher for his leadership and mentorship role in the profession, and also to intimate him about the plan of his administration to establish a media crew department called ‘PANS Media Crew’ for the association.
The PANS President further disclosed that the Initiative was conceived by him when he was in 300 Level, as at the time he was planning to become the Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the association, adding that he had to nurse the initiative to his 500 Level when he eventually became the President.
“It worries me and gives me much concern how PANS, at every chapter rely solely on dues and few contributions from the public to run its affair. It’s even more worrisome when such a chapter does not have good numerical strength, they suffer more. So I felt if an Initiative of this nature could be nurtured and established, it would not only generate funds for PANS but also serve as a skills acquisition avenue for Pharmacy students”, he said.
He continued, the reason for coming today was to see the oracle of ‘Pharmaceutical Journalism’ himself, seek his blessings and partner with Pharmanews to organise an elaborate launching for the programme, where Sir Atueyi and other heavyweights in the industry will be present. We also hope to introduce the concept to the National PANS and we hope it will benefit all the chapters nationwide.
Applauding the Initiative, the Pharmanews boss, noted that he was quite aware of the daunting task of running a media activity, adding that it required adequate planning and technical dexterity. He also expressed worry about the funding and handling of media equipment and gadgets, noting that the concept is good but it is highly technical and it requires detailed discussion.
Atueyi, remarked that he admonishes leaders or people holding positions of office to streamline their programmes for easy execution before leaving office, adding that the PANS President who will be leaving the office in less than a year would have a daunting task to plan very well and be tactical about the execution of the concept.
Atueyi, known for his special interest in PANS-related initiatives or concepts urged the president to be rest assured that God has started using him for something great and new, adding that such a project should not be rushed, but ensure adequate planning so that by the time it is finally implemented, it will serve the purpose it intended to serve.
Reacting to the new concept of the PANS President, the duo of Mr Iwelunmor and Mrs Obayendo, noted that conceiving an idea is not a big issue but implementing and sustaining such an idea is where the challenge lies, adding that as good as the initiative looks on paper, he should go further to do proper research on its cost implication as well as other vital information.
The duo however commended the PANS President for thinking outside the box, saying history shall remember him for good if the initiative works out perfectly at the end of the day.