July 01, 2020
On behalf of the management and staff of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, I welcome you into the second half of 2020. This year has no doubt being a very turbulent year but the fact that we are all still standing is a testament to God’s grace and mercy upon us. As we can all see the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic is still tending upwards, I, therefore, encourage all colleagues involved in this race to save humanity by keeping up the good fight. Sooner than later, we shall overcome this deadly virus. Whether you are in the industrial, hospital, administrative, academic, research, wholesale or retail practice sector of our industry, I implore you all to keep safe while you continue to contribute your quota to the eradication of this deadly menace threatening the very existence of humanity.
As you are all aware, in the month of June, the governing council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria was inaugurated under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ahmed Tijani Mora, mni, by the Honourable Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. With the governing council in place, the PCN is poised to fully deliver on its mandate to provide a conducive practice environment for all players in the Pharmaceutical industry thereby helping to guarantee the healthcare of all Nigerians at large. In a short while, statutory committees and strategic initiatives which have been in abeyance for a while would be activated to the overall benefit of practitioners and Nigerians at large.
As promised in my earlier messages, enforcement activities have fully resumed. The PCN enforcement team is currently in Imo state and would be visiting many more states in quick succession. Necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of the enforcement team. I implore all colleagues to ensure that their practicing and premises licenses are up to date to prevent avoidable embarrassment.
In a bid to bridge the manpower gap and also to ensure the continuum of learning is not disrupted especially in the light of the raging pandemic, the registry has issued cover letters to students awaiting induction so that they can be constructively engaged by Pharmaceutical organizations. We are doing all we can to host all outstanding induction ceremonies. All concerned students would be notified once a legally acceptable template is developed and ratified by the governing council.
As we begin the second half of this year, I once again charge all colleagues to keep safe while remaining steadfast and resolute in this battle against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. I believe strongly that very soon, we will be singing songs of victory of how we overcame the virus.
Yours in Service
Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, PhD, FPSN, FNIM, FPCPharm, FNAPharm.