Presentation of certificate to the DG by the VC

The DG/CE dressed Academic gown in the middle with the VC of IUO on his Right and the Dean of the college on the left during his citation at the lecture.

The Director General Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Mallam Farouk Salim has emphasized the need for Pharmacists to conform to standards in the practice of their profession.

Salim made the call during a public lecture delivered to students of the Dora Akunyili College of Pharmacy, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Edo state.

Director General SON in his lecture titled: The Impact of Standards on the Practice of the Pharmacy Profession,” enlightened the audience on the SON mandate, functions, standards development and the importance of conforming to standards and how it relates to the pharmaceutical profession.

The Lecture which was organised by College of Pharmacy IUO formed part of Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s continuous effort towards educating and shaping young minds in the nations tertiary institutions on the need to imbibe the tenets of Standards and Quality Assurance.

The DG disclosed “that there’s a standard for everything, even in nature, that is why humans walk and don’t fly, even in religion, there are basic tenets of how the worship of God must be conducted, in our homes also we have standards in the way things are carried out, these affirms the fact that if there were no standards there will be chaos an untold crisis”.

Salim stated further that, “if a Pharmacist administers a muscle relaxant for instance in higher doses of ten times more or less, this may be injurious or worst case, we may have a dead patient in our hands, therefore, as a Pharmacist, following Standards are very important”.

According to Salim, the importance of standards and getting it right the first time cannot be over emphasized as it is compulsory to follow laid down procedure first time and this must be pursued with no exception by all in the Pharmaceutical profession and industry.

The DG further equated the role of Standards in the Pharmaceutical profession, to that of SON as the custodian of the National Metrology Institute (NMI), disclosing that what the NMI does essentially is to ensure all weighing and measurement equipment are accurate.

According to Salim, “As the reference institution for metrology standards in Nigeria, SON calibrates everything from scales in the laboratories, hospitals, to scales in the factories, and weigh bridges and more to ensure measurements are accurate across board to save lives and scarce resources” he said.

Salim similarly alluded to the existence of various Standards for drug administration and Pharmacopeia such as the United States, British and the Indian which Nigeria uses to reference its own standards, essentially ensuring that components and ingredients of drugs and their administration follows laid down scientific processes and procedures to save and not to destroy human health.

The Dean, College of Pharmacy (IUO) Prof Ighodaro Igbe in his remarks gave a brief overview of the college of Pharmacy from its inception in 2004, stating a few of its achievements such as the commencement Doctor of Pharmacy program which has been approved by the Nigerian Universities Commission and the 5 million naira grant instituted in the area of research and drug development for Cancer and Postpartum haemorrhage in the reduction of mother-child mortality rate.

Prof Ighodaro also highlighted the area of staff development, with the College of Pharmacy staff currently enjoying University-sponsored post Doctorate degrees outside the country, also as a result of the Pandemic the college recently started production of disinfectant, antiseptics to mention but a few.

The Vice Chancellor of IUO, Prof Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye in his address thanked the DG SON for accepting the role of a guest lecturer despite his busy schedule and on short notice.

According to Ezemonye, the purpose of the public lecture is to enhance scholastic engagement, community service aimed at strengthening its stand in the society and with other reputable organisations as the case may be, stating that the college has maintained a reputation of churning out responsible graduates who have gone on to make the college and university proud as a whole.

Present at the lecture from students of the IUO College of Pharmacy, Academic staff of the college and from SON, the Chief of Staff Prof Olobayo Kunle, Director Public Relations, Mr Bola Fashina, Head Media Relation, Mr Maji Aileku, P.A to the DG Mr Zubairu Hamza, alongside Some staff of Edo State Office

Chief of Staff to the DG Prof Olobayo Kunle 2nd from left with top members of IUO management on the high table

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