The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has immortalised a former chairman of the council, Professor Etienne E. Essien for his outstanding contributions to the Pharmacy profession.
It named the conference hall of the South-south Zonal office in Uyo Akwa Ibom state, after Professor Essien who served as Chairman Pharmacists Board of Nigeria between 1989 and 1992.
The honoree was also the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uyo and later served as member PCN Governing Council from 2000 and 2003.
Chairman Governing Council of the PCN, Prof Ahmed Tijjani Mora, who spoke in Uyo at the occasion to honour Prof Essien on Thursday, described the honoree as one of the brightest brains in the profession.
He explained that the PCN decided to immortalise Pharmacists dead and alive who have contributed immensely to lifting the status of the profession.
“On Monday, March 8, 2021 we were at the PCN Lagos Zonal office to celebrate excellence in the Pharmacy profession essentially through the instrumentality of immortalization of those Pharmacists deceased or alive, who have given their all to bring the profession to occupy its present pride of place.
“We decided to name the auditorium and/or committee rooms within this newly completed facility, which is one of the seven physical structures constructed or remodeled and owned by the PCN as fixed assets across the nation after these distinguished personalities.
“On Tuesday, March 9, March 9 2021, we were at the Ibadan also to celebrate another past Chairman of the PCN. We are here today to honour our distinguished past Chairman, Prof E. E. Essien after whom the conference hall of the South-South zonal office has been named.
The honoree, Prof Essien appreciated the PCN for acknowledging his contributions to the Pharmacy profession by immortalising him while he still alive.
He advised that therapeutic pharmacy should be taught as a course in faculties of Pharmacy in universities in the country.