PCN Inducts New Pharmacists in Uniport

By Otikor Samuel


No fewer than 102 new Pharmacists trained in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, have been inducted into the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) at the 10th Oath-taking/Swearing-in ceremony held on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium.

In his speech before swearing in the Inductees, Registrar of the PCN, Pharm Elijah Mohammed, congratulated the Inductees for completing the first phase of their training in the University. He also commended Management, staff of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and parents for providing the new Pharmacists the opportunity to be trained in the University.

“The second phase of your Pharmacy training starts with the one-year statutory internship programme which is compulsory for all Pharmacists in Nigeria, including those trained abroad without evidence of licensure in their countries of practice,” the PCN Registrar told the Inductees. He informed the graduands that they would be expected to sit and pass a Pre-registration Examination for Pharmacists (PEP) after their internship to be eligible to practise in the country.

“As Pharmacists, you are expected to get yourselves acquainted with the Code of Professional Ethics which prescribes your professional and moral responsibilities to the patients, pharmacist colleagues, other health professionals, your employers and the general public, among others. Strict compliance to the code of ethics is indispensable for the practice of Pharmacy profession,” Pharm Mohammed stated.

“I congratulate you all once again on this occasion of admission into the practice of Pharmacy profession. Your Oath-taking and Induction into the profession does not set you free from further guidance by your parents. Their oversight responsibilities would still be much needed to guide you through the second and the life-long phases of the Pharmacy training as well as the school of life,” the Registrar added.

In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Owunari Georgewill, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Clifford Ofurum, enjoined the Inductees to be good ambassadors of the University. “As a University, we congratulate you for coming out successful in the intensive pharmaceutical training. Always remember where you are coming from. UniPort is a unique brand. It is a Centre of Excellence in various fields, including medical and allied field. We do not expect anything less from you as you go into the world,” the Deputy Vice Chancellor told the graduands on behalf of the Vice Chancellor.

Olumide Akintayo delivered the keynote address on the topic: “The Road to an Impactful Pharmacy Practice.” Dean of the Faculty, Professor Ogbonna Okorie, who disclosed the number of graduands for the ceremony, also commended all stakeholders for the successful training of the students. Ben-Njoku, Chinyere Claire emerged the Best Graduating Student.

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