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REMARKS BY PHARM. AHMED I YAKASAI, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM, PRESIDENT, PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (PSN), DURING THE PSN STRATEGY SUMMIT, ON THURSDAY, 10TH AUGUST 2017 AT BANEX HOTEL, LAGOS

REMARKS BY PHARM. AHMED I YAKASAI, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM, PRESIDENT, PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (PSN), DURING THE PSN STRATEGY SUMMIT, ON THURSDAY, 10TH AUGUST 2017 AT BANEX HOTEL, LAGOS

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this strategy summit that will shape the future of our profession and the healthcare sector in general. It is a truism that we cannot predict the future, what we can do is to create it by being prepared and strategic.

My deepest gratitude goes to the PSN Strategy Committee members ably led by an awesome strategist himself, Prof. Lere Baale for their commitment to this herculean assignment. Honestly, we appreciate your self service to PSN and the pharmacy profession.

It is on record that during my campaign in 2015, I produced a Presidential Manifesto which clearly stated that our ultimate job is to strengthen the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria with collaborative, participatory, responsive, and transparent leadership. We’ve pursued this with every fiber of our being and we give God the glory that PSN is getting better on a daily basis.

I also believe in long term planning for our noble society to lay a solid foundation based on Technology, Innovation, People and Services (TIPS) for our upcoming young colleagues and make the task of making the profession stronger and systemic because they have a roadmap to follow.

As we deliberate with vision and sincerity today, I will call our attention to the important role Nigerian pharmacists must play in Universal Health Coverage in the country and improving the quality of lives of our people, through advancing pharmacy and responsible use of medicines. In addition, for us to have a robust and rewarding pharmacy practice in Nigeria, the issue of local production of medicines and building our capacity in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector is a must as is the only we can help in stimulating industrial policy and access to needed medicines.

However, Education is the enabler, advancement of pharmacy profession and development of new services is the endgame, and the outcome will be a pharmaceutical workforce that is able to play an even greater role in Universal Health Coverage.

The recent Economic Recovery Growth Plan of the Federal Government is a wake up call for all of us to leverage on this important document for the benefits of the pharmacy profession in Nigeria.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my hope that at the end of this summit we will get a document that will give an overall direction in terms of resources, opportunities, how to remove barriers militating against professionalism and indeed advancing our mission so that we can achieve our broad objectives.

Let me use this opportunity to thank you all for your presence and commitment to the advancement of PSN and the profession. Prosperity will remember you for good.

Once again, I welcome you all.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

In the name of Allah who makes all things possible and who made this occasion possible, it is my privilege and honour to declare this Strategy Summit open.

God bless you all.

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