PSN hails introduction of pharmacy by Gregory University
Nigerian pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have described the introduction of pharmacy by the Gregory University Uturu (GUU) Abia State as one founded on the best principles of bequeathing a lasting legacy of qualitative training of pharmacists.
National Publicity Secretary of PSN, Mrs. Ijeoma Okey-Ewurum, at the commissioning of the GUU College of Pharmacy Building, which was named after the Society’s president, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said: “We are proud of the very ambitious projection of the pharmacy programme of GUU, which points that GUU is modelling to be part of the 5th industrial revolution, to be premised on Information Technology (IT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and are further elated by the choice of PSN President, Dr. Sam Ohuabunwa as a facilitator of the programme.”
The GUU Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, who said that the College is fully equipped to shortly attain the status of Centre of Excellence in pharmacy education, research and production, called for goodwill from the public to support its growth.
In this regard, PSN announced a N500,000.00 donation to the College Fund while the Ohuabunwa family, through Mr. Charles Daniels, announced the donation of an already redeemed N3.5 million.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe, in his address said that GUU College of Pharmacy was approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in July 2019 saying, “It is the first university in Nigeria to gain approval to commence the Doctor of Pharmacy programme from inception in 2019. It currently has six departments with vision to be among the best colleges of pharmacy in the world and is noted for innovation and excellence in pharmaceutical education and practice.”
He said that the College which has professor Maxwell Adibe as Dean, has eight laboratories including for Research on COVID-19, Ebola and related diseases; eight lecture theaters each with capacity for 100 scholars at a time, two conference halls, a library, one resource centre and a drug information unit with 60 computer systems linked to the Internet.
Appreciating the honour done him, Mazi Ohuabunwa promised that he would use all at his disposal towards actualising the vision and mission of the GUU Founder/Chancellor Professor Gregory Ibeh.
Asserting that private universities in Nigeria cannot recover their investments in education, he urged governments in the country to support them from the tax funds to enable them sustain training youths in critical manpower for the country now and next century.
Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc., Mathew Azoji, who also represented the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) lauded both the emergence of the GUU and the College, the vision of the Chancellor/Founder professor Gregory Ibeh and the decision of naming the College after Ohuabunwa, who retired as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Neimeth.