The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria has inducted 116 pharmacy graduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University into the profession.
The event, which took place at the campus in Ile-Ife, Osun State, was also held in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the university’s Faculty of Pharmacy.
In his welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Prof. Francis Oladimeji, disclosed that the new pharmacists were the 2021 and 2022 graduating set of the Faculty.
He said 31 of them were graduating with distinction while the remaining 85 had Pass degrees.
He urged parents and guardians to continue their oversight responsibilities of guiding the young professionals through the school of life.
The Registrar, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed, described the oath-taking and induction as one of the key requirements prescribed by the PCN Establishment Act which had to be fulfilled prior to registration as a pharmacist.
He said, “As you take the oath today and become inducted members of the pharmacy profession, I urge you to maintain high ethical standards and leadership skills as prescribed by the PCN.
“Strict compliance with the code of ethics is indispensable for the practice of pharmacy profession anywhere in the world. After being successfully registered as a pharmacist, you will have the opportunity this time around to positively compete favorably with your colleagues whom you aspire to be like in the area of practice. It may be of great interest to you that there is no limitation to where each of you can get to in life.”
Ahmed warned the inductees not to indulge in unwholesome practices, saying the Council frowned at professional misconduct in its entirety.
While giving the keynote address, Mrs Folashade Lawal, a renowned community pharmacist and fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy, admonished the new pharmacists to stand tall and be ready to discover, develop, and deliver new potentials.