On Tuesday the 21st of May, seventy-five graduates of the University of Ibadan (UI) were released into the Pharmacy profession, with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, admonishing the inductees to be good ambassadors of the institution.
He further advised the new Pharmacists to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery by contributing to the distribution of quality medicines in the country.
“As at today, this Faculty, which became full-fledged in 1983, has produced nearly 800 Pharmacists who are contributing immensely to the development of Nigeria and other nations of the world, either in the pharmaceutical, health or other sectors,” he said.
“Recently, Mrs Olutayo Arikawe, an alumna of this University was named Pharmacist of the Year in the United Kingdom,” he added.
Professor Olayinka, who reiterated his commitment to the betterment of the University of Ibadan, stated: “My vision for UI is to make it a research-intensive institution for the transformation of Nigeria as a 21st-century knowledge-driven, rapidly globalizing economy.” He further called for assistance from parents, alumni, and well-wishers so as to make the university less dependent on government funding.
In his remarks, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Oluwatoyin Odeku, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for devoting resources to build the Faculty’s complex, urging the University’s Management to complete the project by procuring furniture and other necessary facilities.
The keynote speaker, Pharmacist Gbenga Falabi, advised the inductees to build on their knowledge as they go into the world, saying, courage, competence and professionalism are required of them if they must make an impact in the society.
Prizes were later given to those who distinguished themselves with Bamgboye Adeboye Olakunle emerging as the Best Graduating Pharmacy Student in the University of Ibadan.
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