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Pharmacists Council commends Buhari for signing PCN Bill into Law

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
07 October 2022   |   2:45 am
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Establishment Act 2022 Bill into Law.

[FILES] Pharmacist

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Establishment Act 2022 Bill into Law.

The new law confers power on the Registrar to revoke licences in instances of the breach and also stipulates that fines be imposed for offences ranging from N250,000 to N2 million against N250 to N1000 in the amended Act

In a statement, yesterday in Abuja, the Chairman of the Governing Council of PCN, Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, noted that the Presidential assent to the Bill is a landmark achievement in the regulation and control of pharmacy education and training as well as practice in Nigeria.

He stated that the now repealed PC) was established through Decree 91 of 1992, which was 30 years ago.

It has been a long journey in the enactment of instruments that regulate and control pharmacy education, training and practice since 1927 with the Board of Medical Examiners (1927).

In 1936, the Pharmacy Board of Nigeria was established and in 1964, the Pharmacists Board of Nigeria (PBN) 1992, and the PCN.

He said: “It pleases Almighty God that it is President Muhammadu Buhari, that will be making history by signing into Law the Bill establishing the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria in August 2022. We are grateful to Sen. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal, the President of the Senate, the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and all distinguished Senators and Members of the House of Representatives that worked so hard to ensure that the Bill passed through. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the top Management of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) played a vital role in getting the Bill through.

“The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN deserve special commendation for his assistance and guidance. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and that of Finance and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed must be commended for joining the Ministers of Justice and Health in approving the Bill to the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, from the Executive arm of Government that saw the President assenting to it. The Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Gida Mustapha, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Esan have both been wonderful in their support and guidance towards getting the Bill signed.”