The Publisher of PharmaTimes Health publication, Pharm Chris Ukah, has won the prestigious Pharma Entrepreneur of the Year Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Board of Fellows (BOF) for distinguishing himself in the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria.
The award was presented to him at the 2018 edition of the PSN Board of Fellows annual mid-year meeting /dinner which held on Wednesday, 27th June at the banquet hall of Sheraton Hotels and Suites, Ikeja – Lagos by the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on behalf of BOF.
Ukah, who is also the Group Managing Director of KCH, an emerging conglomerate with interest in publishing, production and marketing of high quality essential medicines was specifically celebrated by BOF for his outstanding and enterprising tenacity in setting up and nurturing PharmaTimes, a pharmaceutical/ health monthly that he promotes.
Each year, the body of distinguished pharmacists in Nigeria, uses the opportunity of the annual event to celebrate members of the profession who have made significant and outstanding contributions in the promotion of pharmacy practice in Nigeria.
Other awardees at the event were, Pharm. Chris Ehimen, director, Nett Pharmacy, and Pharm. Chibuike Uchemadu Agaruwa.
Speaking on the Theme: “Fundamentals of Nation Building – the Role of the citizen”, the guest speaker, Prof. Anao Abhulimen, had identified the display of selfish interest and parochial sentiments among public office holders in the discharge of their responsibilities as the root cause of the prevailing leadership crises in the country.
Abhulimen, who was the former Chancellor, University of Benin, emphasised that without enthronement of accountability at all levels of leadership positions in the country it would be difficult for Nigeria to achieve true democratic ideals just as he remarked that no meaningful development would be recorded in the country if people with compromised integrity continue to occupy leadership positions in public offices…. See photos of event below
…He reiterated the need for the participation of the citizenry in efforts aimed at promoting nation building because as he said, the country needs all hands on deck in other to overcome the challenges of purposeful leadership Nigeria.
The event was attended by distinguished personalities from diverse professional backgrounds and they include: Mr. Fola Adeola, former managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, and Founder/Chairman, FATE Foundation as chairman of the occasion; Dr. Paul Ananaba (SAN), representative of Special Guest of Honour, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa; Prof..Anao Abhulimen, former Chancellor, University of Benin, Guest Lecturer; Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC; Mr. Elijah Mohammed, PCN Registrar; Pharm. Chiedu Ojike Mordi Esq. Chairman BOF; Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, PSN President; and Mr. Jimmy Agbaje, former governorship aspirant in Lagos.
Others include; Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former MD Niemeth Intl Pharma; Chief Victor Amuta, Chairman Editorial Board of PharmaTimes; and Barr. NBE Nwigwe, former Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), and many other dignitaries.
Fielding questions from journalists shortly after he received the award, Pharm. Ukah expressed gratitude to BOF for the honour done him and PharmaTimes.
“I feel greatly honoured to receive the Pharma Enterprenuer Award of the Year from this august assembly.”
“The event of today is both gratifying and motivating because it signifies that what we are doing at PharmaTimes has made recognisable contribution in promoting Pharmacy profession and industry without our knowing it.”
“I consider it a unique entrustment backed by hard earned reputation of the finest brains that our great profession has produced and as such I would not take it for granted.”
“An acknowledgment of this magnitude would naturally enhance the certainty that I have steered my personal and professional life in the right directions and have worked towards worthwhile goals,” Ukah said adding, “since the debut of PharmaTimes about four years ago, the journey into publishing has been inspiring and challenging.”
He said that winning the award could not have been possible without the resilience, dedication and team spirit of PharmaTimes staff. The awardee also expresses gratitude to Chief Victor Amuta, Chairman editorial board, for leading him into pharmacy profession. Pharm. Ukah, however, promised to do all within his powers to continue promoting pharmacy profession and industry in Nigeria.
A highlight of the occasion was the launch of the ‘Say No To Drug Abuse’ campaign initiated by DG NAFDAC in collaboration with Young Pharmacists Group, to put an end to drug abuse in the country.