House of Reps Speaker charges pharmacists on innovation

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has charged pharmacists in Nigeria to be more innovative in creating breakthroughs that will improve the lives of Nigerians and elevate the country in the comity of nations.

The speaker gave the charge in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria in his office.

In a statement issued by his special adviser on Media and Public Affairs,  Turaki Hassan, the ‎speaker noted that it was high time the pharmaceutical council went ahead to be innovative, rather than rely on administration of products of research from other countries.

The speaker said, “I want you to have a bigger vision and not just the traditional practice. The reason being that if we don’t innovate as a nation, there is no way we can develop as a country. I want to see a situation whereby members of your profession join the ranks of people who are discovering things and not just sitting in the office administering things that have been discovered in other climes.”

He challenged the Pharmacists to take up the opportunity available in the ongoing amendment of the nation’s extant laws to send bills for amendment of laws relevant to their field.

“You should  avail yourself of the opportunity available in the current amendment of statutes of Nigeria laws going on in the House of Representatives to ‎make relevant changes to the ones that relate to your field. Look at how we can streamline these laws, amend them and then quickly pass them into law so that we can incorporate changing dynamics of our society into our laws.” Mr. Dogara added.

National Health Act

The President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ahmed Yakasai‎, had earlier commended the House on the passage of the ‎National Health Act, 2014.

Yakasai also gave assurance that the Pharmaceutical Society will partner with the Ministry of Health to see proper implementation of the Act alongside the National Drug Distribution Guidelines aimed at reducing fake drugs.

He also urged the speaker to ensure that prompt passage is given to a bill on Pharmaceutical Laws and Regulation which will soon be forwarded to the House for passage.

The bill, according to him, aims to make the profession more effective and up to global practice.