WAPCP to Induct First Francophone, Lusophone Fellows


– As college president visits Pharmanews

WAPCP to Induct First Francophone, Lusophone Fellows
L-R: Secretary General, West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), Prof. Ibrahim Oreagba; Pharmanews Publisher, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi and President WAPCP, Alhaji Murtada Sesay during the college president courtesy visit to Pharmanews Publisher recently.

The West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) will be inducting its first set of Francophone (French-speaking) and Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Fellows into the college in April 2024.

President of the college, Alhaji Murtada Sesay, made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to Pharmanews Publisher, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, in Lagos, recently.

The induction, according to  Sesay, will take place from 15 to 18 April, 2024, in Banjul, capital of The Gambia, adding that the college will also be inducting elected Fellows at the Banjul event.

The WAPCP president also disclosed during the visit that the college had concluded plans to lay the foundation of the building of its secretariat in Lagos. He added that this would be done by the end of March 2024, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

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Sesay, a Sierra Leonean, revealed that one of the things that had delayed the work in the past was getting government approval.

“We didn’t want to skip any regulatory issue, but now, we have crossed the bridge. Everything is now in our hands”, he said.

According to the Secretary General of the College, Prof. Ibrahim Oreagba, who was with the president on the visit, the blueprint and other pending requirements will be ready by the middle of March.

“So, by the end of March, 2024, we will able to start the construction, starting with the foundation-laying”, Oreagba said.

While speaking on other activities of the college, Alhaji Sesay said, “Our focus is to have more Fellows that can serve their community better and we do this through specific faculties. We are making progress. We we are making an effort to ensure that all the governments of member nations and the ministries of health recognise the fact that when you are a Fellow of the college, you can deliver better and also ensure that you are better placed.

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“The focus of the college is to improve delivery in our countries because there is a lot to be done. We want to be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence that promotes teaching, research and training in postgraduate pharmacy education for the development of pharmacy specialists to meet the challenges of healthcare.

Sir Atueyi, on his part, congratulated Sesay for the efforts made to ensure that the laying of the foundation of the secretariat happens during his tenure, saying it is a remarkable achievement. He also said he was impressed by the way the executives of the college were running its affairs.


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