No fewer than 18 new Pharmacy graduands were formally admitted into the Pharmacy profession penultimate Friday (December 7, 2018) by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) at the 3rd Oath-taking and Induction ceremony of the 2018 graduands of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin.

At the ceremony held at the University Auditorium, the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. (Mrs.) Chinedum Peace Babalola, charged stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry, to always see their roles as very important in addressing the challenges facing the profession.

Speaking on the topic, “The Pharmacy Profession for Better: My Role”, Prof. Babalola, who was the Guest Speaker, expressed the belief that disruptive innovations tend to be produced by outsiders and entrepreneurs in start-ups, rather than existing market-leading companies.

She said, “A disruptive process can take longer to develop than by the conventional approach and the risk associated to it is higher than the other more incremental or evolutionary forms of innovations, but once it is deployed in the market, it achieves a much faster penetration and higher degree of impact on the established markets”.

Prof. (Mrs.) Babalola said, “We must also begin to explore, build quality relationships especially outside healthcare, have mentors, have mentees, keep your current friendships and relationships within the profession, and do more than graduating with a first-class in Pharmacy. Do more and be more”.

Prof. Babalola lamented the challenges facing the pharmacy profession in the country, including lack of enabling environment, poverty, low morale, injustice, cheating, disparity, pressures from other professions, lack of internship placement, poor access to medicines, lack of political will, substandard medicines, low knowledge of the profession, lack of capital, lack of sustainability in practice, etc, saying that these have made it difficult for the profession to stand as expected.

Earlier in his opening remarks at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, congratulated the graduands and their parents for successfully achieving another milestone in life.

Prof. Abdulkareem appreciated the support of the leadership of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and the lecturers at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences for their commitments and devotion to duty.

The Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm. N.A.E. Mohammed, who was represented by Pharm. Akai Ali, charged the newly inducted Pharmacists to comply and acquaint themselves with the code of Professional Ethics.

Pharm Mohammed said that the induction of the graduands into the pharmacy profession signifies the completion of the first phase of their training as professionals. He advised them to undergo the one year statutory internship programme, which is the second phase of their training, and compulsory for all Pharmacists in Nigeria.

In her address, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Rasheedat Ayanniyi, revealed that the approval of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum by the Senate of the University at its 267th meeting in December, 2017, paved way for the first set of PharmD students to be admitted in the 2017/2018 academic session.

Dr. Ayanniyi also stated that the University Senate in September, 2018, has approved the curricula for postgraduate programmes for Masters of Science Programmes in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

The Dean expressed her appreciation to the University management, the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, past Deans of the Faculty, and members of staff of the Faculty, for their continuous support and efforts in the development of professional excellence.

Dr. Ayanniyi also paid tribute to the late Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Abdulkarim Agunu, who died on July 15, 2018.

In his valedictory speech on behalf of the 2018 Pharmacy graduands, Mr. Omotesho Quadri Ajibola, who was the best graduating student, thanked God for His sustenance and support for him and his colleagues to witness the induction ceremony.

Mr. Ajibola advised his fellow graduates to take up the responsibilities of their profession and discharge their appropriate functions to the benefit of the society.