Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, publishers of LEADERSHIP Newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah and 53 others have bagged the prestigious fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
This was just as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal called for greater collaboration among professional healthcare stakeholders with a view to enhancing improved service delivery to Nigerians.
The fellowship ceremonies formed part of the inaugural rites for the induction of a new National President of the society, Mr. Olumide Akintayo which took place in Lagos, yesterday.
The theme of this year's inauguration is "Repositioning the Pharmacy Profession: The Roles of Fellows" and the guest lecturer was a prominent Lagos based politician and member of the society, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
Speaking on the occasion, Tambuwal who was represented by the House Committee Chairman for Health, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said that the envisaged synergy would help in a better and a faster service delivery to the people.
"I wish to implore healthcare practitioners and professionals to seek better collaboration among themselves for the good of all," he said, and maintained that the House under his leadership would ensure that issues relating to proper legislation in the sector would always be accorded prompt and urgent attention.
According to the Speaker, the House Leadership has taken due cognisance of the issues raised in the last meeting of the society as contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and said that the issues were currently receiving the attention of the Committee on health.
"I assure you that this current House under my leadership will not toy with the wellbeing of the teeming citizens of the country. I am glad to inform you that we received a copy of the communiqué of the last meeting and that it has been forwarded to the committee on health for consideration," the Speaker said.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the occasion and the President of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr. Foluso Philips, urged the society to make itself relevant to the development of the country through its vocation as a prime healthcare provider in the country.
Admonishing members of the society, Philips said, "You must begin to play greater role in the society by making your voice heard, especially in the development of healthcare programmes, infrastructure, policies and implementation."
Speaking on behalf of others, Nda-Isaiah told the gathering that the conferment of the award has further brought with it greater responsibilities on them. He pledged that they would live up to the expectations of both the society and the larger Nigerian public.
"I stand here and I want to assume that I am speaking on behalf of others, I wish to state that we are very honoured to have been considered fit for these awards and I want to say that we will live up to the responsibilities attached to it." He said.