BY ANDREW AJIJAH, JOS
The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PNC) in conjunction of with the University of Jos have inducted 64 newly Pharmacists into the profession, warned against misconduct and substance abuse.
Performing the Oath taking, on Thursday, Registrar Pharmacy Council of Nigeria PCN Pharm Ibrahim Ahmed, represented by the North Central Zonal Director, Pharm Emmanuel Bayode, urged the inductees to be guided by the ethics of the profession.
“The council frowns at professional misconduct in its entirety, so you are advised to refrain from any act of misconduct as this will be treated with all the seriousness it deserved.”
Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof Tanko Ishaya, through the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics (DVC) Prof Rahila Gowon, warmed the 48th graduands of the Faculty against misuse of drugs.
Prof Gowon admonished the inductees to be the true ambassadors of not just the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, but the entire Institution.
Earlier, Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Jos, Prof Ndidi Ngwuluka, in a welcome address caution against wrong prescription and administration of medication.
“Always remember that the trust placed in you and your parents and the community as a sacred bound, one the requires integrity, empathy and a commitment to life.”
The Dean assured the public that the graduands are full trained for best practices “they have not only gained the requisite knowledge and expertise in Pharmaceutical Sciences but have also imbibe the values of compassion, integrity and professional responsibility that are the hallmark of this noble professional.
Guest Speaker at the 48th oath taking induction, the Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Plateau State Command Umar Mudtapha Yahuza, noted that there is an alarming rate in drug addiction among Nigerians, particularly among the youth.
Represented by the deputy director in charge of rehabilitation of addicted persons Mrs Grace Goyol, revealed that about 1.8 million Nigerian youths abuse drugs, and are already addicted; apart from alcoholic addiction.
The NDLEA official revealed to the gathering that 165 suspects were convicted on different offense; 104 victims rehabilitated in the last one year in Plateau State.
Mrs Goyol also told the gathering that her office is currently rehabilitating 30 young persons who are adjudged to be drug addicted; one of the addicted persons had his hand amputated, due to the excessive substance in his system.
The drug addiction expert attributed prevailing menace of kidnapping rape, and other organized crimes to drug addiction by suspects.