By Abdulafeez Olaitan, UNILAG
Three of University of Lagos academicians were elected into top positions of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP). This was at the Annual General Meeting, Scientific Symposium and Council Meeting of the college.
The event which held at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference Centre in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, saw Distinguished Professor Cecilia Ihuoma Igwilo clinching the Presidential seat of the College, Professor Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba winning the post of the Secretary General and Dr. Olufunsho Awodele becoming Chairman, Faculty of Public Health.
The West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), formerly known as The West African Pharmaceutical Federation (WAPF), was founded on the 13th October, 1976 in Monrovia, Liberia by representatives of National Pharmaceutical Societies of eight African countries namely; the Republics of Benin, Ghana, The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The vision of WAPCP is to be internationally recognized as a center of excellence that promotes the teaching, research and training in postgraduate pharmacy education for the development of pharmacy specialists to meet the challenges of health care.
The new WAPCP President, Prof. Cecilia Ihuoma Igwilo is Nigeria’s first female professor of Pharmacy having become one in 1994. She attended University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife) where she bagged a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with First Class honours in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutics in 1979. She obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmacy in 1983 from Chelsea College, University of London.
The new Secretary General of WAPCP; Prof. Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba is currently the Head of Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology, College of Medicine University of Lagos. He is also a Lead investigator at the African Centre of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Standardisation and Regulatory Science of the University of Lagos.
The new Chairman, Faculty of Public Health, WAPCP; Dr. Olufunsho Awodele is an Associate Professor and Consultant Toxicologist/Pharmacoepidemiologist in the Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos. He won the Professor AFB Mabadeje’s prize as the best M.Sc. Pharmacology graduating student in 2004; best University of Lagos PhD thesis award in 2009, best National Universities Commission (NUC) Doctoral Thesis Award in Pharmacy (2009) and best University of Lagos researcher of the year (2010).
The term of office of the three elected UNILAG dons is to run till 2023.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos; Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe FAS congratulates the trio of Distinguished Professor Igwilo, Prof. Oreagba and Dr. Awodele on their appointments.
Abdulafeez Olaitan is the Campus Ambassador for Unilag. He is a writer who served as a delegate of Austria in ECOSOC committee at the 2020 IBMUN conference. Olaitan enjoys collecting quotations and astrophotos.