Amidst a tight academic session, the new leadership of Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter recently paid a scheduled visit to Pharmanews Limited.
The courtesy call which took place on August 1, 2019 at the company’s corporate office in Lagos had Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews; Sultan Yussuf, president, PANS; Adekunle Adeleke, editor-in-chief, PANS; Moses Dike, business development manager, Pharmanews; Ola Aboderin, editor, special publications, Pharmanews and Omolola Famodun, digital marketing executive in attendance.
Spotting a yellow shirt and a brown tie, Yussuf explained that the visit became imperative for several reasons, one of which was to appreciate Pharmanews for its moral, financial and media support over the years.
The president further disclosed that since they were sworn into office in February 2019, the new executives had drawn up a programme schedule of PANS activities with their respective dates to avoid them clashing with the school academic calendar.
They include freshers’ orientation, freshers’ tutorial, novelty match, movie night, first aid training, examination meal tickets, annual sports week competition, exhibition for young entrepreneurs to market their wares and services, industrial visits to pharma manufacturing plants, skills acquisition workshop, annual health week, academic symposium with medical professionals, health awareness walk, outreach, debate and essay competition, staff appreciation/traditional day, dinner & awards night as well as magazine launch.
The PANS editor-in-chief also seemed to be in agreement with him when he added amid a tight budget, the association has managed to host a handful of such programmes since they assumed office.
“Unfortunately, funding is a major problem. This explains why PANS magazine has not been consistent as Sir Atueyi observed. For instance, being the editor, there were moments when I had to use my personal money to facilitate the publication,” he bemoaned.
Applauding their efforts, the Pharmanews boss noted that he was quite aware of the daunting task of running an office like the PANS. He also expressed worry about the massive programme list the new excos has drawn up and wondered if all can be achieved in nine months.
Atueyi remarked that he admonishes leaders or people holding positions of office to streamline their programmes for easy execution before leaving office.
“The essence is to be remembered for something long after your hand-over. That is what you can call an achievement,” he stressed.
The pharmacist who is known to have soft spot for PANS-related activities urged the students to take their work seriously.
“Notwithstanding the pressure of holding offices, you need to take your academics seriously. There is no need making ‘Yanga’ (walking around with high shoulders) when you cannot pass your examinations.
“Above all, you must learn to add value to people. There is fulfilment in doing that. Service to people is key in any leadership position,” he emphasised.