The Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim and five other pharmacists have been honoured by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) for attaining great heights in the public service.
The honour and awards were conferred on the recipients at a Presidential Reception and Thanksgiving Dinner by the PSN in Abuja.
Chairman of the occasion and Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Pharmacist Sam Nda-Isaiah congratulated all the awardees on attaining key positions in the public sector and described them as a source of great pride to the pharmacy profession.
He enjoined the award recipients to strive to make a meaningful impact in their various positions to challenge more Pharmacists to aspire to key positions of responsibilities in the public and private sectors in the country.
In his keynote address, President of PSN, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa commended the SON Director-General on his appointment and expressed the confidence that the Organisation is set for positive changes to improve on its achievements in years past
The PSN President expressed the pride of the Society in having Pharmacists occupy key public service positions such as Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning by Mrs. Olusola Idowu, Mallam Farouk Salim, Director General, SON, Dr. Kelly Nwagha as Acting Director -General, National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Zango Mohammed as Managing Director, NNPC Medical Services, Mrs. Christiana Akpa, General Manager, Medical Services, Nigerian Ports Authority and Professor Isa Hussani Marte, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Borno State
Mazi Ohuabunwa noted the efforts of all the appointees in expanding their knowledge base as well as building their capacities beyond pharmacy as a profession to include competitiveness as effective managers of men and resources.
He commended the various organisations in the health care sector in particular for opening the turf for leadership to all professionals in the sector and challenged practicing Pharmacists to provide avenues for the professional development of those upcoming.
The PSN President challenged the awardees and all members of the Society to join hands towards the speedy completion of the Secretariat building project in Abuja and invest in a similar project in Lagos for good returns.
In his response, Mallam Farouk Salim thanked the PSN for the honour, noting that it was a call to duty and a challenge to him to take SON to greater heights. He promised not to disappoint members of the PSN as well as his family members, friends and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Special Guest of honour at the occasion was Pharmacist (Dr.) Dere Awosika, retired Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Board of Directors of Access Bank Plc.
Pharmacist Sam Nda-Isaiah was honoured at the occasion for his pioneering role in entrepreneurship, publishing and politics.
The occasion was also graced by the Registrar of the PSN, Mr. Elijah Mohammed, retiring Director, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Moshood Oluku Lawal, PSN Deputy National President (North), Pharmacist Munir Elelu and Director General, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Dr. Obi Adigwe amongst many other dignitaries.