Saturday, 11th September 2021, will forever remain indelible in the mind of Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, mni, FPSN, as the immediate Past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria was conferred with the Award of Excellence as an “Icon of Modern Health System Transformation.”
The honour, which was in recognition and appreciation of Pharm. Yakasai’s exceptional track record of working tirelessly to improve the modern health system in Nigeria, was done during an inter-level paper presentation and impromptu debate and spelling bee competition organised in the renowned Pharmacist’s honour at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Pharm. Yakasai was also the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.
In his remarks as Secretary of ABU Students’ Representative Council, Khalifa Kabiru Andaza expressed sincere thanks to Pharm. Yakasai for honouring the Council’s invitation. Mr. Andaza called Pharm. Yakasai an inspiration whom all PANSITES were proud to look up to as they too pursue their dreams of reaching the pinnacle of their careers. In this regard, PANSITES can indeed boast of looking up to a trailblazer as Yakasai is not only a notable pharmacist, being Past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, but was also a two-term commissioner in Kano State. Currently, he is honorary Consul-General of Pakistan in Nigeria.
In his acceptance speech, Pharm. Yakasai spoke of his delight to be present at the occasion and thanked the Council for the recognition and honour bestowed on him. He noted that the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Ahmadu Bello University had produced outstanding pharmacists in the last 60 years. He therefore expressed hope that the students would become great ambassadors of their great citadel of learning.
In a typical fatherly fashion, Pharm. Yakasai counselled the students to uphold the right values. He admonished: “Discipline, determination and dedication must be part of your arsenal in your journey towards your destination. With hard work, humility and honesty, the sky is your starting point.”
Yakasai also commended the initiative of Khalifa Kabiru Andaza and his team, noting that it would improve intellectual discourse on critical issues in pharmacy education in Nigeria. He urged them to continue the yearly initiative in order to sustain the culture of excellence and inter-level competition, whilst also promising to support the initiative in every way possible.
Pharm. Yakasai capped the day by congratulating all the participants in the competition for their spirit of sportsmanship and wishing everyone present great success in their education and future careers.