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PSN President Inaugurates New Kwara Executive As Governor Abdulrazaq Becomes Grand Patron

Kwara State Governor, Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Mazi. Sam Ohuabunwa, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, former president, PSN, and other stakeholders in the country have hailed PSN members for their commitment, consistency and support geared towards delivering quality healthcare to Kwarans irrespective of their location in the state

The governor while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Pharm. Adejuwon Otelaja led PSN executives as the 10th executive committee of the PSN, Kwara State, noted that the role of the pharmacists in the society is very important, adding that the pharmacists are closest to the grassroots.

According to the Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, noted that his administration will continue to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, noting that pharmacists role in the area of healthcare cannot be overemphasized.

While speaking, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, president, PSN, urged the new executives to keep the honour bestowed on them by the Society, by living up to the expectations of the PSN, adding that the leadership position is a call to serve.

The number one Pharmacist in the country, who was represented by the Deputy President (North), Pharm. Munir Elelu, further charged the new leadership to strive for distinction in professional ethics, practice and morality, stressing that it is time to hit the ground running.

Speaking in the same vein, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, former president, PSN, who also doubled as the chairman of the occasion urged the new chairman to always look inward into the profession and to harness the potentials of the practitioners for the maximum benefit of the society.

While giving his farewell speech, the immediate past chairman, PSN, Kwara State, Pharm. Bakau Alli said he felt fulfilled for bequeathing a well-grounded and dependable chairman, as well as a wonderful crop of new executive members to the society.

In his address, the newly inaugurated chairman, Pharm Olajuwon Otelaja promised to take the PSN to the greater heights and ensure pharmacists in Kwara state are accorded deserving respect as well as attention by government and private sector players. 

He said: ''It's a new dawn for the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Kwara State. I will work with my predecessor and other stakeholders in the industry to move society forward. I, therefore, solicit for your support and commitment to achieve our objectives.''

Speaking further, the elated new chairman said, one of the core projects of his administration is the Rural Pharmacy development initiative which aims to address the current shortage of pharmacies in the rural areas by providing incentives and support to encourage more pharmacists to move into the rural areas, saying he has instituted an Educational grant scheme to support pharmacists in their quest for academic and professional development

During the inauguration ceremony, legal luminary, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Alli, Managing Director, Tuyil Pharmaceutical Company, Olusin of Ijaraisin, Oba Ajibola Ademola Julius, was decorated as new patrons of the society, while Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was decorated as grand patron of the society.

The immediate past executive of the PSN was also honoured for their contributions toward the development of PSN in Kwara State. 

Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer Business School Netherlands, Prof Lere Baale delivered the keynote address at the first edition of KWARA PHARMACADEMY with the theme 'Optimizing Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Landscape in Nigeria Post-Covid''.

The event also witnessed the launching of an N100million endowment fund for capital projects of the society.

Dignitaries at the event include Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, the State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole, Executive Secretary of Kwara State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo-winter, Registrar, PCN, Pharm. N A E Mohammed, represented by Pharm. Emmanuel Bayode; Wife of Rhema Chapel Senior Pastor, Pastor Mrs Adegboye, Coordinator, Board of Fellows, Prof Philips Olurinola, the National Chairman, ACPN, Dr Samuel Adekola, the Chief Medical Director, UITH, Prof A D Yusuf PSN Chairmen from Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun State and stakeholders in the health sector.

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