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New Law For Pharmacy Practice On The Way – PCN Registrar

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Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, says new law for pharmacist practice that will checkmate activities of quacks in the country is on the way.
The Registrar, while disclosing this at the 9th oath-taking/induction ceremony of pharmacy graduands of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, said the government has identified the menace of these quacks and is making everything possible to flush them out.
Dora Akunyili College of Pharmacy, Igbinedion University, graduated a total of one hundred and twenty-one (121) graduands in the 2018/2019 academic session.
The Registrar said by April this year, the law will be fully implemented and will take its course in the country.
He said, “By April, a new law for pharmacist practice will be in place. And for those individuals in the pharmaceutical landscape, we are going to catch up with them; we are going flush them out; we are going to catch-up with them; those laws are going to catch up with them and by the time we start Implementing those laws, they just have to pack their things and look for another business to do.”

The V.C. Igbinedion University, Prof. Ezemonye (4th left) and other dignitaries at the induction on Tuesday

He implored the graduands to be committed to the service of humanity and put their patient first rather than money, saying “you are going out there to make people well.”
He said, “As you are going out, inasmuch you are going to make money, your major priority should be service to humanity; you are going out there to make people well; you are going there to give succors to people; you are going out there to make life meaningful for the people.”
On his own part, the Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Prof.  Lawrence Ezemonye, called on PCN to advance the course for digital innovation that will include electronic prescription, robotics for central presumption, processing and nationwide monitoring for quacks and fake drugs in the profession.
According to the VC, pharmacist occupies a very important position in the healthcare sector and plays a key role in patients’ management in the country hence the high demand for the profession in the sector.

A cross section of graduands taking oath as pharmacists

“The Pharmacist occupies a very important position in the hierarchy of healthcare administration in Nigeria, and plays a key role in patients’therapy management – making them feel better and get well as quickly as possible. 
“The high demand of pharmacists in the healthcare sector is quite understandable, and is hinged on the fact that pharmacists help to maximize health outcomes and prevent medication error.
I call on the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria to advance the course for digital innovation in Pharmacy, to include but not limited to electronic prescription, robotics for central presumption, processing and nationwide monitoring for quacks and fake drugs”, he said.

A cross section of dignitaries at the induction on Tuesday

Keynote speaker at the induction, Prof. (Mrs.) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, urged the graduands to add value to the profession to enable pharmacists more effective in service delivery to the society.
She said, “Be focused, determined, hardworking and bumble. Uphold your professional training and ethics in your various endeavours.”
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88,000 Sit For NABTEB Exam, Minister Warns Against Certificate Devaluation

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No fewer than 88,000 candidates sat for the 2022 examinations of the National Business and Technical Examination Board.

This is as the minister of education, Adamu Adamu warned against the devaluation of certificates issued by NABTEB.

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The minister noted this on Thursday during the 2022 monitoring of NABTEB examinations at the Federal Science and Technical College, Orozo, Abuja.

Adamu who was represented by the director of Human Resources in the ministry, David Gende, further explained that those who could not fit into the country’s formal sector would have the opportunity to get involved in the informal sector, which underscored the reason for setting up the examination board.

“I think we need to correct this impression, skills acquisition is what we are promoting in this regard and there is no rule that says everyone must go to the university.

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“You know, if we look across the globe, there are people who have achieved greatness without seeing a university.

“So, we should stop demeaning this very certificate so that people can pick up the skills that are required,” he said.

On his observation during the monitoring, the minister expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the students, saying that there was no record of any students involved in malpractices.

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Adamu, therefore, said that the ministry would continue to promote the culture of excellence to have great leaders that would sail the country in the near future.

On her part, the head, NABTEB, Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, said the board had experienced an increase in enrollment of Technical and Vocational Education and Training candidates since 2018.

READ ALSO: 76.30% Passes As NABTEB Releases November/December Examination Results

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Isiugo-Abanihe said that the increase was as a result of interest in technical education among the youths, adding that, “The board received 83,000 candidates in 2021 and 88,000 in 2022. It’s been increasing every year. If you check from 2018, it was about 55,000 candidates.

“There has been steady increase in enrollment and I think it is because of the realisation that TVET is the way to go. This is because in the world today, there is need for skills as well as empowerment in skills and self-reliance and it is at the bottom of development.”

The PUNCH reports that NABTEB is a Nigerian examination board responsible for conducting examinations for technical and business innovation colleges in Nigeria.

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The board was established under Decree No. 70 (now Act 70) of the 1993 constitution. The Decree (Act) mandated NABTEB with the responsibility to conduct Technical and Business Innovation certificate examinations hitherto being conducted by the West African Examinations Council.

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ASUU Strike: Govt Imposes ‘No Work-no-pay’ Policy On Lecturers

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Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Yobe State University branch, has tasked it members not to succumb to any kind threat from the state government aimed at creating division and distraction among them.

The charge was contained in a five-point resolution raised following an emergency congress meeting held by union to review the ongoing strike action and other local issues among which is the imposition of ‘No work-No pay’ strategy by government in the state.

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Dr. Mohammed Saje Jajere, YSU-ASUU branch chairperson, noted that after extensive deliberations, the congress has unanimously reiterated its position to continue with the national strike, despite the no-work-no-pay strategy without notice

“As the struggle continues, the congress has commended its members for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the university system in the country.

“The congress has called on its members not to succumb to any kind threat so that it will not create division and distraction among members”, he said.

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READ ALSO: ASUU Proffers Solution To Ongoing Strike

To cushion the hardship of the salary stoppage, the Chairperson said a coping strategy is introduced via ASUU-YSU Multipurpose Cooperative Society, hence urged members to contact the EXCO of the Cooperative for more details on how to access various services.

A people united can never be defeated”, Dr. Jajere stressed.

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DAILY POST gathered that, the management of the varsity has announced resumption of academic activities on the 27th of June, 2022 after the Directorate of Academic Planning of the institution released an adjusted academic calendar for 2020/2021 academic session and urged students to take note for compliance.

Reports also indicated that, some academic staff in the university who are at managerial level have commenced lectures on the said date and vowed to continue in the line with the adjusted calendar.

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Edo Schools Where Pupils Sit On Floor To Learn Uncovered, Community Demands Govt’s Intervention

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The people of Ofunmwegbe community (known as Okada junction) in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State have called on the state government to come to their aide and rebuild the only primary and secondary schools in the community which are in dilapidated state.

They also lamented that several appeals in the past have not been given a positive response, just as they decried situations where pupils sit on bare floors to receive lectures besides insufficient teachers in the schools.

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Lamenting the poor state of the schools, chairman of the Community Governance Council (CGC), Comrade Imuentinyan Ighodaro, said the poor state of the schools has led to parents withdrawing their wards from the school.

He said the primary school was founded in 2006 with the community donating the land and paid 10 per cent counterpart fund to build the school and thereafter donated furniture while the secondary was built in 2009 through the same process.

He said: “The school was not fenced and that has made it possible for hoodlums to also go in there and vandalise the place. As we speak, there are no windows and all the roofs have gone bad, no ceilings, no chairs and the children right now sit on the bare floor to learn, and because of that so many parents are also withdrawing their children from the school. The floors are also broken.

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“The whole of the school is in very bad shape. We have a block of six classrooms and another block of five classrooms. We have government teachers there.

“As a matter of urgency, we want the government to come to our aid and put the school in order for our children. They should renovate it and fence it to give it security and stop hoodlums from coming in, and if the government is able to do that, the community will provide security. It is the same situation in secondary school.”

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But a staff the State Universal Basic Education Board (SBEB) who does want his name in print said that the state government was “adopting a holistic approach to schools rehabilitation and not a one-off thing.”

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