Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos; Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, has reaffirmed the university’s commitment towards building competencies in contemporaneous and multidisciplinary researches across all fields of human endeavour.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at the Old Great Hall, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi Araba campus, venue of the Induction ceremony for the 2019/2020 academic set of the faculty, Prof. Ogundipe emphasized the need for ivory towers to devote more attention to grooming researchers with multidimensional attributes whose findings and recommendations would continue to proffer solutions to the challenges plaguing humanity on all sides.
Represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, Professor Oluwole Familoni, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the inductees adjudging the event another milestone especially for their parents, guardians and well-wishers.
While charging them to be good ambassadors of their alma mater, Prof. Ogundipe implored the inductees to be of noble and professional conduct as they formally launch into pharmaceutical practice.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Aderonke Adepoju-Bello implored the new inductees to key into the new normal which the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on pharmaceutical practice globally.
While recalling how the faculty and the University of Lagos pulled through the challenges which came with the pandemic, Prof. Adepoju-Bello encouraged the new set of Pharmacists to always seek new knowledge by acquiring what she called “out of school trainings” as well as “out of school skills”.
There were goodwill remarks by the Chairperson, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), Nigeria Chapter, Pharmacist Margaret Obono who implored the inductees to be confident, dream big and come up with disruptive innovations which will change the narrative in the Pharmaceutical space.
The event featured the 8th Alumni lecture series of the Faculty which was delivered by Pharmacist Folasade Osho.
Titled “Pharmacy Practice in the New Normal”, the speaker who identified with the inductees on their milestone charged them to explore novel areas in the pharmaceutical field.
While soliciting collaborative practices among all professionals in the Nigerian Medical Space as against the prevalent culture of rivalry, Pharm. Osho advocated a review of the current curriculum and a stronger collaboration between the academia and professional experts with a view to improving the quality of Pharmaceutical researches.
Highpoint of the event was the formal presentation of the graduands to the Registrar, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, Pharmacist (Dr.) Elijah Mohammed who was represented by Pharm. Ukamaka Okafor for their formal induction, administration of Pharmacist’s oath, presentation of Provisional Certificates of Registration to the inductees as well as announcement and presentation of special prizes and awards.
The 2019/2020 class of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos is made up of 148 inductees, 17 of them graduated with Distinctions with Ajayi Oluwatomisin Temidayo emerging as the best graduating student.