The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged the newly inducted Pharmacy Technicians from the six colleges of Health Technology across the South-West, Nigeria into Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), to be worthy ambassadors and strive towards promoting ethics of the profession.
Amosun gave the charge at the maiden induction ceremony of 543 Pharmacy Technicians held at Ogun State College Of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu, Ogun state.
Amosun who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, emphasised that the path-way to success could be quite challenging but highly rewarding, if only one could endure it, noting that they should be good representatives of their states in their places of assignment.
“Your success that we celebrate today is not only a function of your personal struggle but also through the divine grace of God that has connected you with those who have contributed to this momentous occasion, people like your parents, guardians, relatives, friends, teachers, administrators and others. Though, the journey has been tough, but I thank the Almighty God who has given you the grace to witness this day.” Amosun said.
He lauded the Provost of the College, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye and the Management’s efforts at collaborating with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), noting that the graduating students, both past and present would obtain their Provisional Registration that would initiate them into the practice under the supervision of Registered Pharmacists in a Health Institutions, Industries and Universities approved by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.
The Registrar, PCN, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed stated that the induction of successful Pharmacy Technicians from six Colleges of Health Technology in the South West, Nigeria was the first of its kind by the Council.
He noted that the new certificate was equivalent to the existing Pharmacy Technician certificate, saying added advantage was that, it could be used for direct entry into approved faculties of pharmacy in Nigeria Universities and officers cadres in Military and Para-Military medical personnel.
“Today marks a new beginning in the training and practice of Pharmacy Technicians in Nigeria, the National Pre-Certification Examination (NPC) which you all sat and passed leading you to the award of certified Pharmacy Technicians Certificate.” Mohammed added.
Earlier, the Provost, Ogun State College of Health Technology, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye said that the induction ceremony was a landmark in the history of both the college as well as the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), explaining that the inductees have the privilege of been the first set of Pharmacy Technicians to be professionally inducted in the country.
“Am delighted basically for two reasons about today’s induction ceremony, firstly, that the PCN deemed it fit to raise the bar of Pharmacy Technicians practice by officially inducting this set into the profession after a very strenuous process and secondly, that OGSCOTECH is found worthy of hosting the maiden edition of the induction.” Oladunjoye submitted.
Oladunjoye added that the essence of the induction by the PCN was to raise the bar of the practice by Pharmacy Technicians in the country with a view to boosting health service delivery and also attract more practice to the profession.
He appreciated the visitor to the college, Senator Ibikunle Amosun whose administration had assisted the college in no small measures at actualizing its goals and objectives, observing that the firm support of the state led to the accreditation of the college’s Pharmacy Technicians Programme by the PCN.
The six colleges of Health Technology that produced the Inductees included Oyo State College of Health Science (OYSCOHS) Ibadan, Kwara State College of Health Technology (KWSCOHT) Offa, NNSMS Offa, Ekiti State College of Health Technology (EKSCHT) Ekiti, Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHT) Lagos and Ogun State College of Health Technology (OGSCOTECH ) Ilese-Ijebu,