PSN’s Board of Fellows seeks advocacy, rehabilitation of drug abuse victims
Board of Fellows (BOF) of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has restated its commitment to eradicate drug abuse.
The pharmacy body stated that advocacy, campaign against drug abuse and rehabilitation of victims can reduce the adverse effect of the scourge.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference in Lagos to announce the 2019 BOF, PSN Mid-Year Lecture and the Board’s First Public Lecture, Chairperson, BOF, Prof. Mbang Nyong Femi-Oyewo said that the body is positioned to interface with the policymakers and opinion shapers for the advancement of the Pharmacy profession.
With the theme, ‘Rebirth Of Nigeria: Harnessing The Great Potentials’ Femi-Oyewo said that Nigeria is indeed a great nation with great potentials but the question is how do we harness, grow and sustain these potentials.
She said the essence of the lecture and the mid-year meeting of the BOF is to afford the fellows an opportunity to examine the positions of the Board, the PSN and the profession and strategize for their better positioning.
Femi-Oyewo continued: “it is also a time to participate in national discuss and make our contributions. The Board through her mandate promotes lectures on issues of contemporary importance within and outside the profession of Pharmacy.”
The pharmacists’ noted that the incidence of drug and substance abuse in Nigeria has assumed an epidemic dimension especially among children, adolescents, and youths, which calls for widespread intervention, hence, the BOP unfolded a holistic approach of combating this problem at last year’s mid-year meeting.
She said that Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari a world-class scholar, diplomat and Nigeria’s foremost Ambassador to the United Nations shall deliver this year’s BOF-PSN Mid-Year Lecture.
“I am confident the lecture will be incisive and discerning. It will be a good tool for unlocking and harnessing the great potentials of this great nation and the Chairman of the Public Lecture is Chairman Guaranty Bank Plc. Mrs. Osaretin Afusat Demuren,” she added.
The event is scheduled to hold at Sheraton hotel, Ikeja Lagos from Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to Wednesday, July 17, 2019.