The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy would on September 12 honour two distinguished Nigerians with Lifetime Achievement Award and Honourary Fellowship, respectively, in a special ceremony that would also feature a lecture by a distinguished scientist.
According to its Vice President, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, who also serves as Chairman of the Planning Committee, the lecture, which is themed, ‘From Plant to Patient: Driving Research and Innovation for Industry,’ would be delivered by a former vice chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Benin-City, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, an accomplished researcher and world-renowned authority recognised for his ground-breaking focus on the use of bitter-leaf in cancer and diabetes management.
Chief Oludolapo Ibukun Akinkugbe, pioneer general secretary of the defunct Nigerian Union of Pharmacists (NUP) and fourth president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) would receive the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award for his pioneering and entrepreneurial trailblazing efforts in the country’s pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, while the Founder of the T.Y. Danjuma Foundation and Chairman of May & Baker Nigeria Plc, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), would receive an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his philanthropic contributions.
The Academy seeks to promote scientific research and professional development, especially in the health, pharmaceutical and related sectors to help overcome challenges posed by pain and disease, as well as fast-track social and economic development in Nigeria and beyond.