… Presents award to parent of overall graduating student
From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, former representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District, has advised newly inducted pharmacists of the University of Port Harcourt to always maintain their professional ethics in the course of duty.
Abe who was the Chairman on the occasion of the 9th Induction/ Oath-Taking Ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Port Harcourt called on graduands to create better value for the country’s health sector.
He expressed high expectations that the pharmacists will make Nigeria proud with inventions in the health sector and medical sciences that will tackle diseases which affects man in our society.
Abe said: “Our expectation is that, in this 21st century, revelations in the medical sciences have confirmed that everything in Africa is not as bad as people think if only our professionals will maintain the ethics of their profession.
“It is also our wish and expectation that these graduating Pharmacists will be able to do that for our county.”
He called on the Pharmacists to continue to be hardworking and sincere in their practice.
“If you want to be a great man or woman, to excel in what you do, then, you have to build your life. It will take suffering and take efforts on your part to achieve greatness.
“When we graduated from the Nigerian Law School just the way you are graduating today. They will told us about how many lawyers are in Nigeria and said if we go to some magistrate courts, we shall find lawyers whose shoes were already bending but they also encouraged us that there is always room and space for the best at the top.
“So if you strive to be the best there is always room at top for you.”
Citing the Cow Boy’s Motto the Senator warned the graduands against taking things that were not theirs, saying things that is not true and doing things that are not right.
“If you remember this cowboy’s motto today, it envelopes everything they have told you here. Don’t be a thief, don’t tell lies and don’t go and do things that your mother will not be happy that you did.
“If you keep to these simple principles, you will all end up to be fantastic Pharmacists, great Nigerians and people who will add values everywhere.”
As part of measures to promote excellence, the Senator presented a monetary award to the parent of the overall graduating student of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Odunor Collins.
Earlier, in his keynote Address titled: ‘Facing The Brave New Future’ Ugochukwu Agodi Okoroafor, noted that pharmacy remains one of the most equipped to reach the brave new world future.
Okoroafor who is the Managing Director of Younity Synergy Limited, urged the graduands to work hard to ensure that the potential and active needs of the roots are discovered.
He added, “Nigeria has come to a point where there should be a revolution of the mind. In your midst today, there are great minds who will in future invent healing drugs that will tackle the disease challenge in the world”.
In his speech on the occasion, Vice- chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale congratulated the graduands and urged them to continue to uphold the integrity of the institution at all times.
The Vice-chancellor was represented on the by the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Administration), Professor Regina Ogali.