Faculty of Pharmacy newly graduands of University of Uyo have been charged to maintain tenets and ethics of the profession as well as being good ambassadors of the Alma mater wherever they find themselves.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo Prof. Enefiok Essien who spoke through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo gave the charge recently during the 19th Pharmacists Oath-Taking/Induction Ceremony at the UNIUYO Main Campus.
Prof. Enefiok Essien while congratulating the 58 inductees on their success stated that they have been inducted having been found worthy in character and learning as well as being peaceful, law abiding and studious.
Essien made it known to the fresh pharmacists that if they comport themselves and submit to mentoring, pharmacy profession will open doors to the road that leads to greater heights and achievements in life.
He however, expressed profound gratitude to the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm. Elijah N. A. Muhammed and his team for their strong bond with PCN and also wished the healthy relationship remain.
As parents and guardians were not left out, the Vice Chancellor thanked them for supporting the inductees through pharmacy profession and also expressed appreciation to all the staff in the faculty of pharmacy for their integrative effort in growing the faculty academically and ensuring peaceful coexistence.
Also speaking, the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Pharm. Elijah N. A. Muhammed congratulated the inductees for having completed the first phase of their training as professionals and are fit to compete favourably with colleagues in all areas of practice for service to humanity and also to God.
Pharm. Elijah Muhammed who was ably represented by the Director of Education and Training in PCN, Dr. Anthony Idoko urged the inductees to be acquainted with the code of professional ethics which prescribes their professional and moral responsibilities to the patients, pharmacist colleagues, other health professionals, employers and the general public, among others.
He stressed that strict compliance to the code of ethics is indispensable for the practice of pharmacy profession, adding that Council frowns at professional misconduct in it entirety.
He also made known to them that pharmacists competency is not only about knowledge and skills, but competency should include critical thinking and innovation, social interaction, development leadership skills and inter professional relationship which is the third lifelong learning process based on the eight star of World Health Organization and it is indeed the ticket to the school of life.
Earlier, the Acting Dean of the faculty Dr. Emmanuel I. Etim described the graduands as a remarkable and outstanding set which have produced four distinctions which is the first time with that number in the history of the faculty and wished the ethnics of the profession ring loud in their minds.
High point of the event was the administration of Oath to the 58 fresh pharmacy graduates and induction into the profession. Edidiong Michael Udofa emerged as the best graduating student and received many awards to her credit.a