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THE MAKING OF PSN FOUNDATION

1.MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF PSN
The PSN Foundation, a subsidiary of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Nigeria was founded in 2016 and registered
with Corporate Affairs Commission; Incorporated Trustees
th CAC/IT/NO 96485 dated 29 March, 2017. The main
aim is to further serve the Nigerian Pharmaceutical
Community and provide humanitarian assistance to the
general public, through the provision of pharmaceutical assistance and
relief to alleviate the sufferings of the general public during National
emergencies and at other times. The foundation’s activities will enable
some Pharmacists to receive grants and scholarships for
Research/Development and indeed education in the expansive field of
pharmacy practice.
The foundation will also present awards in recognition of excellence to
deserving pharmacists, Groups and other individuals periodically. The
foundation Awards programme will recognise contributions to health care
quality and safety in four categories. The foundation will collaborate with
similar institutions in achieving its aims and objectives.
The focus of the foundation is to promote the health status of individuals
across the country. This is a responsibility we had been carrying quietly but
which the foundation will give us the structure and resources to make more
impact.
AHMED I. YAKASAI, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
2. WHY PSN FOUNDATION?
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), was founded in 1927, and it
is one of the most organized and robust professional bodies in West
Africa. PSN has contributed immensely to the advancement of the health
sector and national development in the last 90 years. The success story of
PSN-PACHFaH (Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health)
testifies to the impact the society has achieved in the lives of
disadvantaged Nigerians. Despite its achievement in public health
through collaborations with governments and Non Government
Organizations, there is a need to have a Foundation that will focus entirely
on these activities in a more sustainable way.
When the PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai visited the
Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) Mumbai, the Nigerian Association
of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA),
and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), he was inspired by
what their foundations were doing. The FIP has really set the pace with its
Foundation for all affiliated national associations like the PSN to follow.
PSN foundation will cater to the general welfare of Nigerian Pharmacists
and Nigerians in general, promote Research and Development in Nigeria
especially in our local medicinal herbs, provide scholarships to deserving
pharmacists and their children, and promote national development. Thus,
the PSN foundation will have the mandate to impact on the welfare and
well-being of all Nigerians. The impact to the general public shall be
extended through public health campaigns and programmes, fight
against fake and substandard drugs, Drug Abuse and emergency response
(Humanitarian Assistance), Advocacy for Childhood and Family Health
Diseases, like Nutrition, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, Routine Immunisation,
HIV/AIDS, Malaria Prevention and treatment, Non Communicable
diseases and Maternal and Child Health. Our intention is to serve the
vulnerable ones within the society to have succour and optimum health.

3. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE
Purpose:
The foundation has the prime aim to serve the Nigerian Pharmaceutical
community and provide humanitarian assistance to the general public. We
believe that the quality of lives of people primarily depend on their health
and wellness. Pharmacists, who are vital members of health-care team
play a pivotal role in ensuring a better quality of life for our people
through public health, research and development, charitable support and
contribution to national development.
4. Objectives
PSN foundation will achieve its purpose through the following objectives:
a. Provide humanitarian assistance to alleviate the sufferings of the
general public by the provision of pharmaceutical products and
services.
b. Provide grants and scholarships and other financial awards to
support Education and Research/Development in the training and
practice of pharmacy.
c. Make Awards in recognition of excellence in the training and
practice of pharmacy.
d. Raise Funds towards the philanthropic initiatives of the parent
organization- the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.
e. Support and collaborate with other organisations in the field of
Human Health Development, provided that activities arising from
such collaboration do not conflict the aforementioned objectives
and nor with the objectives of the parent organization-the
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

5. PROGRAMMES

Humanitarian Assistance
The foundation provides relief materials to alleviate sufferings of the
general public during natural or human disasters or emergencies through
the provision of pharmaceutical products and services. In July, 2017, the
foundation donated pharmaceutical products and fast moving consumer
goods worth over N50 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Yobe
State in the North East of Nigeria.Developments of “Humanitarian
Pharmacists” competency framework by identifying tasks and activities to
be performed by Pharmacists and their team (before, during and after a
disaster) which may be natural, man-made or pandemics.
Human Health Development Work
PSN foundation will extend its hands of impact to the general public
through Research, Advocacy, Service Delivery, Monitoring & Evaluation,
Behavioural Change Communication and Community Mobilisation in
Public Health Campaigns and Programmes (e.g. Fight Against Fake and
Substandard Drugs, Emergency Response (Humanitarian Assistance),
Advocacy for Childhood and Family Health Diseases, like Pneumonia
and Diarrhoea, Routine Immunisation, HIV/AIDS, Malaria Prevention
and treatment, Non Communicable diseases, Maternal and Child
Health and Cancer, Supply Chain, Drug Abuse etc.).
Research/Development and Education
The foundation provides grants and scholarships to students of pharmacy
and pharmacists to support Research and Development as well as
education to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field and practice
of pharmacy.

6. PSN foundation Awards
The foundation Awards programme recognises contribution to health care
quality and safety in four categories:

§Group Practice-Corporation (Scientific contribution and/or
conducted quality improvement Projects in Public Health)

§Individual Award for Career Achievement (persons who
demonstrated exceptional leadership in excelling in professional
and personal life, a commitment to quality in health care to
increase the well-being of the people)

§Individual Award for contribution to PSN foundation (for providing
exceptional support towards the foundation’s programmes)

§Non-profit/Voluntary Organisation Award (supporting
programme or partnerships to improve patient outcomes).

7. FUNDING
The source of income for the Foundation shall include donations from
Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical organisations, Members of the Public, Fund
Raising and Grants from Governments, Corporations, other Foundations,
Non Governmental Organizations, or Trust Funds.

8. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The PSN Foundation is to be governed by “The Constitution of Incorporated
Trustees of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Foundation” in compliance,
with Federal Republic of Nigeria Companies and Allied Matters ACT 1990
part C.
Board of Trustees
The Board comprises eminent Pharmacists of reputable character and
integrity who share a common goal towards promoting and sustaining
national development. The current Trustees include:
Muhammed Yaro Budah, Lere Baale, Remi Adesueun,
Ike John Igwu, Magaret Ebigwelu-Ibru, Phd,  Ibrahim Umar Babangida
Ahmed I. Yakasai, Clare Omatseye,  Joke Bakare, Duru C. Emeka
1. MOHAMMED YARO BUDAH, FPSN, FPCPharm, FNAPharm, mni (Chairman, Board of
Trustees)
Alhaji Mohammed Yaro Budah was born in Kaduna on
the 25 January, 1955. He had his Primary education in
Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto before proceeding to the
Federal Government College, Warri (then Mid West
State) from 1968 to 1972. He attended the Ahmadu
Bello University School of Basic Studies, (A-Level), and
subsequently graduated with a B.Sc Pharmacy degree from the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, ABU Zaria in 1978.He has attended several
training courses in Nigeria and abroad. He is an alumnus of the Lagos
Business School and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies,
NIPSS, Kuru – Jos.
He is the Chairman, OSBUD-K Pharmacy Limited, Kaduna – a private
community chain Pharmacy, providing employment and training for young
Pharmacists for over 30 years and Niyya Farm Group Limited – A mixed
farming agro-business engaged in dairy production, Orchard cultivation,
and farming. The company produces FARM PRIDE Yoghurt and fresh fruit
juices from Nigerian fruits in Kaduna. He is a Past National President,
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(2000-2003). Alhaji Mohammed Yaro
Budah is a philanthropist in education and community development. He
loves travelling, watching Football and Tennis, and plays golf. He is married
and has four children.

2. LERE BAALE, FPSN, FNAPharm (Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees)
A Visionary Leader and Passionate Entrepreneur who is leveraging on his
rich strategic skills, enterprise architecting and transformation
experience within FMCG, Telecoms and Higher Education industries to
create and translate visions into reality in order to manage businesses
that seek to take advantage of opportunities in developing economies of
Africa & Middle East. Currently provides leadership as CEO of Business
School Netherlands, Nigeria. Also serves as Regional Director of Centre
for Management & Organizational Effectiveness – CMOE Inc (USA) for
countries in Middle East & Africa Region with Howes Consulting Group as
a special purpose vehicle for the promotion of the global partners’
consultancy activities in the region.
Has over three decades of inspiring business development experience in
leading world class global firms including – Schering AG, Hoechst &
Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals where he also served as Regional
Director for over a decade and led projects on leading/driving change,
marketing, strategy management, customer performance culture,
organizational efficiency, learning and development covering over 32
countries in East, Central & West Africa.
He led teams, initiatives, development and implementation of business
strategies for rebuilding a local subsidiary of the biggest global
pharmaceutical firm afresh starting from ground zero in Nigeria in 1997
to cover over 32 countries by 2006. He served on the pioneer Governing
Board of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja from 2008-
2015. He is an Alumnus of Haggai Leadership Institute USA, a member of
Institute of Directors and a member of Ikoyi Club 1938 with passion for
Golf.
3. REMI ADESEUN, FPSN, FNApharm (Secretary, Board of Trustees)
Remi is a 1987 Graduate of Pharmacy from the University of Lagos, and
an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program of the prestigious
Lagos Business School. He is an accomplished Fellow of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and a Pioneer Fellow of the Nigeria
Academy of Pharmacy. He is well regarded in the Health Sector where he
provides effective Leadership, and promotes Inter-Professional
Harmony/Collaborative Practice amongst Healthcare Professionals, for
the ultimate benefit of the Patient and other Consumers of Health and
Healthcare. He is also the Chairman of the Programs Committee of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and served from 2014-2017, as
the Pioneer Program Director (Strategy), for PSN-PACFAH (Partnership
for Advocacy in Child and Family Health), a Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation Funded Project.
He has diverse experience spanning 30 years of successful careers in
Pharmaceutical Industry (Community, Hospital & Industrial-Multinational
Sales & Marketing), Medical Devices, Consulting, Industry Trade Groups,
International Not-for-profit Organisations, Community Development and
Nation Building.
He is widely travelled, (having visited more than 20 countries across the
world and 35 Nigerian States, plus FCT Abuja), and currently serves as
Country Manager (West Africa) for Quintiles IMS, the world’s leading
Information and Technology Services Provider to the Health Sector.

4. IKE JOHN IGWU, FPSN, FNAPharm (Treasurer, Board of Trustees)
Ike as he is fondly called is the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacare
Support Group, a Community Pharmacy and Retail chain with locations in
rd Lagos, Abuja and Enugu. Ike was born on 23 February, 1959, studied
Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (1977-82) and graduated
with a B.Pharm (Hons) in Second Class (Upper Division). Ike is a Fellow of
the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and has served the
profession in various capacities, at student, State, National and
International levels. He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of
Pharmacy (NAPharm). He is a much sought after speaker and has written
and delivered many motivational and keynote speeches on various
pharmacy, business and Community service topics. He is viewed as a role
model and highly regarded by senior, contemporary and junior
professional colleagues. Ike is happily married to Obianuju Thelma
Ugwu, a Pharmacist and they have a son Obinna.
5. MAGARET EBIGWELU-IBRU, PhD, FPSN, FNAPharm (PRO, Board of
Trustees)
Dr. Margaret Ebigweli-Ibru studied at the Federal School of Science,
Onikan, Lagos, and thereafter graduated from the University of Ife (now
Obafemi Awolowo University). She also attended Universite De La
Sarbonne Paris, Universite Renes Descartes De Paris, Universite De ParisSUD
Centre DÉtudes Pharmaceutique De Chatenay Malabry France.
Within seven years, Dr. Ebigweli-Ibru acquired B. Pharm. (Hons) degree,
a Diploma in French Language, a M. Sc. in Pharmacodynamics &
Biological Essay of Drugs and Medicaments, a M. Phil in
Pharmacodynamics, a PhD. in Pharmacokinetics (Cerebral Ischemia).
She is a Laureat De La Faculte Des Sciences Pharmaceutiqueset
Biologiques and also has a M. Sc in Dermo-Pharmacy. An entrepreneur
per excellence, a woman of honour and a former non-executive director
of Nigerian Bank of Commerce and Industry, Ebigweli-Ibru is a member
of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Association of Private
Educators of Nigeria. She founded S.T. &T. Regency International
Schools that accommodate Children from 3 months to 18 years. She is the
originator of Issyma Pharmacy, as well as asissyma Children Foundation,
which has educated hundreds of children and youths on scholarship. She
has children and a grandson.
6. IBRAHIM UMAR BABANGIDA, FPSN, FPCPharm, FNAPharm, mni (Member, Board
of Trustees)
Brig-Gen Ibrahim Umar Babangida; MFR, NPOM, MNI (Rtd) was born
15 January, 1960 in Katsina State. He obtained his B.Sc (Pharm) and
M.Sc (Pharm Tech) with Distinction from University of London; and MBA
(HRM). He is Fellow of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, fellow of West
African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, fellow of Nigeria
Academy of Pharmacy. He is a member, Association of Alumni of
National Institute (NIPSS); National Institute of Management (MNIM)
and Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria (MIPAN). One of his Special
Awards includes COAS Commendation Award; Nigerian Army Invention
Medal; Award of Excellence by Board of Fellows, Pharmaceutical
Society of Nigeria; and Best Entrepreneur under the Small and Medium
Enterprises Equity Investment Scheme in Nigeria (SMEEIS), awarded by
CBN in 2004. He is married and has 3 Children.

7. AHMED I. YAKASAI, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM (Member, Board of Trustees)
Ahmed Yakasai obtained his first degree in Pharmacy in 1983 from the prestigious
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also has several postgraduate certificates in
different professional fields ranging from General Management, Leadership Skills, and
Entrepreneurship from Fudan University China, Islamic Banking, Public-Private
Partnership Project Management Essentials, and International Marketing
(Search and Social Media Marketing), University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Yakasai has worked variously in bothpublic and private sectors. He was Commissioner twice in Kano State(Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism in
2005-2010 and Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning 2010-2011. He worked in four government hospitals before joining privatesector in 1987 after which he founded Pharmaplus Nigeria Ltd in1992.

He was 1st Deputy President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(1997-2000), Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, KanoState 1991-1995,1st Vice President, Kano Chamber of Commerce1996-2004, Zonal Consultant, NAFDAC-2003-2005, Chairman,
Steering Committee 1st Kano Economic Summit 2006, Chairman,Organising Committee, Nigeria-Pakistan Pharma Investment Forum2014 and Founder of Ahmed Yakasai Community Service Award –N300,000.00 to Community Pharmacy annually.

Ahmed I Yakasai is anHonorary Consul- General of Pakistan in Nigeria, National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) – 2015 to date and Member,
Board of Trustee, Society for Family Health (SFH) – 2004 to date.

He is a fellow of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Fellow Institute of
Logistics Management of Nigeria, Fellow Chartered Institute of
Commerce, Fellow Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Fellow Nigerian
Institute of Management (Chartered), Fellow, African Institute of Public
Health Professionals and Distinguished Fellow, Professional Excellence
Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON). He is the Enyi Dioronma of Umuzike 1
Orlu, Imo state.

8. CLARE OMATSEYE, MBA, MPSN, MHFN (Member, Board of Trustees)
Clare Omatseye is the Founder and Managing Director of the
International Award winning company, JNC International Limited (JNCI),
a 12-year old Turnkey Medical Equipment Solutions Company, which
presently has 16 exclusive Distributorship agreements with major Global
Medical Equipment Manufacturers; Toshiba Medical Systems-Japan,
Olympus- Japan, Elekta-Sweden, Getinge-Sweden, Maquet-Germany,
Medtronic-USA, and ArjoHuntleigh, EU to mention a few. A wellrespected,
principled and seasoned Pharmacist, Clare has over 27-
years of experience in Strategic Business Development, Medical Device
and Pharmaceutical Sales, Marketing & Retail, Hospital Pharmacy,
Regulatory Affairs, Product Management, International Marketing,
Public Health, Healthcare Leadership and Policy development. In 2014,
Clare was elected the pioneer President of the Healthcare Federation of
Nigeria (HFN), a non-profit advocacy group that brings all stakeholders
in the Nigerian private health sector under one umbrella with the aim of
influencing healthcare policy and practices in the country to uplift the
private Sector Health landscape and impact in Nigeria.

9. JOKE BAKARE, FPSN (Member, Board of Trustees)
In 1993, Pharmacist Joke Bakare founded Medplus, a pharmacy-led
health and beauty retail chain. She pioneered the chain pharmacy
concept in Nigeria, and has built an organization patronized for genuine
and trustworthy products, while providing a superior service experience.
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Today, Medplus is credited as one of the most innovative sources of health
and beauty products, with 34 outlets nationwide. A registered
pharmacist, with an eye for product and trends, Joke brings extensive
experience in retail operations and management and oversees all
aspects of the company’s business, including strategic direction and
initiatives. The Medplus success story is a testament to her intuition and
extraordinary entrepreneurial skills. Today, Medplus is not just a drug
dispensing retail store but a total wellness partner. Pharmacist Bakare is
committed to revolutionizing the healthcare sector and there is no
wavering in her tenacious commitment to delivering holistic healthcare to
consumers and Nigerians.

10. EMEKA DURU, MPSN (Member, Board of Trustees)
Pharm. (Chief) Duru Emeka Callistus is a 1984 graduate of Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaira, Kaduna State. He is the current National Treasurer of
the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Pharm. Duru is the Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dumeco Pharmaceutical Chemist. He
has served the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria at various Committee
levels. Pharm. (Chief) Duru is the current Chairman (Coordinator) of
Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ikeja Zone and he was
once Chairman, Borno State Chapter of Association of Community
Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN). He hail from Imo State and he is happily
married.

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