Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy to Induct Six
The Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy (NAP) will on September 15 in Lagos is now in the final stages, preparatory to the investiture of six distinguished professionals into its esteemed ranks.
According to Professor Fola Tayo, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Caleb University who doubles as General Secretary of the Academy, one of the high points of this year’s investiture event will be a feature presentation by Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade.
“We have every confidence that Kolade will ignite robust self-appraisal in the profession with his lecture which will examine the place of Pharmacy in the enhancement of quality and accessibility of healthcare in Nigeria,” said Tayo. The investiture event, said Tayo, which is billed for September 15 in Lagos, would also assess progress so far made regarding the Pharmacy degree curriculum reviews currently ongoing across Faculties of Pharmacy in Nigeria’s universities. “Globally, the curriculum for Pharmacy training is rapidly evolving in response to the growing needs of the larger society and we want to ensure that this is happening at the right pace in Nigeria too, such that the health and wellbeing of Nigerians can continue to be impacted optimally by Nigeria’s pharmacists working in tandem with other health professionals.” The Academy, said Tayo, “is of the view that emphasis on research and development in the sciences in general and pharmaceutical and health sciences in particular, has waned considerably in Nigeria, and believe that this can only spell disaster for a developing country like ours.” Funding of research by government is poor while the private sector hardly sees the need to fund research. This, he said, is not good for the country, as the only way by which better remedies can be discovered and/or developed for ailments that afflict mankind, including those, like malaria that are particularly endemic in Africa and kill millions annually, is by research and development