Pharmacists and others praise CPN Registrar Mohammed at book launch – The Sun Nigeria


By Merit Ibe

Deans of the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Industry and other professionals have praised the outgoing Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Dr. NAE Mohammed, for his achievements during the eight years he led the advice.

Organized Pharmacy leaders spoke enthusiastically about Mohammed at a ceremony in Lagos to mark the end of his tenure and the public presentation of his biography, titled “The Transformative Leader: Pharmacy Technocrat Passionate About Excellence,” authored by Enyeribe Ejiogu, editor of the Sunday Sun newspaper.

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In his remarks, former health minister Prince Juli Adelusi-Adeluyi, who chaired the event, described Mohammed as “an extraordinary technocrat” noting that every now and then a leader has always emerged to transform a nation, an institute or a professional. , professional or commercial group.

“So during his tenure, Mohammed, whose nickname is Double Prophet, beat 35 candidates to become the council registrar at a time when the pharmacy had suffered from decades of regulatory neglect, violations of laws and the ethics, a lack of regulation and coordinated control. as well as the absence of a genuine commitment to the ideals and essence of professional practice,” said Adelusi-Adeluyi.

He added that Mohammed became the registrar with a mantra to reposition the board for efficient and comprehensive service delivery. He pursued this goal and succeeded in transforming the NCP’s regulatory practices and processes.

Author of the biography, Ejiogu, who also spoke at the event, instructed the management of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to seize the moment and cross for the establishment of a special fund exclusively for provide a solid financial basis for the production of assets. pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the country, pointing out that other major countries are doing so as part of a strategic national economic security initiative.

While commending Fidson Healthcare Plc and Emzor Pharmaceuticals for their pursuit of API production, he said the media will actively promote the growth of API production in Nigeria by mobilizing people to invest in the fund, which is expected to be structured as market-oriented capital. , securitized and negotiable investments.

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Speaking further, Ejiogu stressed that the sincere desire of all pharmacists in the country is to see President Muhammadu Buhari endorse the sweeping and fundamental reforms embodied in the PCN Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly.

In their various comments praising Mohammed for showing ability in his service, the deans of the pharmacy profession praised him for his candor, humility and dedication, noting that he managed the affairs of the council for the benefit of the countries and pharmacy practitioners throughout his eight years. -year seniority. They urged his successor to build on the strong foundations Mohammed had laid.

Access Bank chairman and renowned pharmacist Dr Dere Awosika said: “It is so easy to celebrate a gentleman like Mohammed because every job I have seen him do, he has done very well. He is full of ideas and has made great strides in carrying out the NCP’s mandate.

Olumide Akintayo, former chairman of PSN, said Mohammed was very successful and productive in all his roles in organized pharmacy, adding, “I am impressed with the way he handled his tenure as Registrar.”

On his part, the managing director of Alpha Pharmacy and Stores Limited, Sir Ikechukwu Onyechi, said: “Mohammed’s coming to the NCP was divine; it has been good for the pharmacy, other stakeholders and the country.

Reacting to the praise he received, Mohammed said, “God’s grace has made me strategic in action. The philosophy is that when working with people, you have to understand their weaknesses and strengths, build on their strengths so you can move the system forward. You don’t continually dwell on people’s weakness.

He added: “When I came to the PCN, there were conflicts, ethnic, religious and tribal divisions, but I intervened and united the different groups. This is part of today’s success story. Now that I am retiring, I will review my strategy. I am available for country to use. I will do my dashboard presentation in Abuja.

Other pharmacists, who took the floor, denounced the state of the pharmaceutical industry, saying that it was struggling and without foreign currency to import raw materials.

“The cost of pharmaceuticals is rising and health care is becoming beyond the reach of the common man. The industry is not facing the best of times,” retorted a pharmacist, who wished not to be named in the press.

Other top leaders in the pharmaceutical profession who praised Mohammed included former PSN chairmen, namely Dr UNO Uwaga and Sir Anthony Akhimien; the current Chairman of the NCP Board of Directors, Prof. Ahmed.Tijjani Mora; Pharmanews Editor, Sir (Pharm) Ifeanyi Atueyi; and PCN’s incoming registrar, Pharm. Babashehou Ahmed.

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