LEADERSHIP INSIGHT – MAY 2024 (RFPTN Presidential Remarks)

Dear esteemed members of the Reformed Forum of Pharmacy Technicians of Nigeria (RFPTN),

As we bring the month of May 2024 to a close, I am delighted to share with you the significant progress we have made in addressing our concerns and advancing our profession.

Progress and Achievements

Our collective efforts and persistence have yielded fruitful results, and I am proud to report that the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) has acknowledged our concerns regarding the Direct Entry Admission Pathway for Pharmacy Technicians. In a letter addressed to the RFPTN President, the PCN expressed their commitment to working with relevant government agencies to find a lasting solution to our challenges. This is a significant breakthrough, and we appreciate the council’s willingness to engage with us and address our concerns. The PCN’s acknowledgment of our concerns is a testament to our collective efforts and a clear indication that our voices are being heard. Furthermore, the PCN has agreed to interact with Provosts/HODs of schools/colleges of Health Technology, training Pharmacy Technicians, to facilitate the regularization of our members with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). This is a crucial step towards recognizing our profession and creating a clear pathway for our members to advance their education and careers. The regularization of our members with JAMB will ensure that our profession is represented and valued in the academic and healthcare sectors.

Additionally, the Council has agreed to set up Pharmacy Technicians Direct Entry Admission Quota for every University as one of the criteria for accreditation and re-accreditations by PCN for Pharmacy Programs. This is a significant achievement, as it ensures that our profession is represented and valued in the academic and healthcare sectors. The establishment of a direct entry admission quota for pharmacy technicians is a major milestone in our quest for recognition and equality.

I am also thrilled to announce that the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has equally published Pharmacy Technicians’ eligibility for Direct Entry into their Pharm. D program. This is a major milestone, as it marks the first time a Nigerian university in the South-South geopolitical zone has officially recognized Pharmacy Technicians as eligible for direct entry into a Pharm. D program. This development is a clear indication that our efforts are yielding results, and we are confident that other universities will follow suit.

States Chapters’ Efforts

Some of our states chapters have set up RFPTN Task Forces, which aim to facilitate ethical practice among our members and address notable challenges faced by our members practicing in the community. These Task Forces will help us to better understand the challenges our members face and develop strategies to support them. The establishment of RFPTN Task Forces in some states is a welcome development, and I encourage all states chapters to follow suit.

Future Plans

In the month of June 2024, RFPTN will strengthen its focus on community practice and self-entrepreneurship, ensuring that our members can practice without intimidation. We will also research the employability and salaries of our members in the private sector, with the goal of developing models and strategies for improvement. Our focus on community practice and self-entrepreneurship is aimed at empowering our members to take charge of their careers and create opportunities for themselves. Furthermore, in the month of June, RFPTN will revisit her request that was earlier made to the National Hajj Commission for the interest of our members. We believe that our members deserve equal opportunities, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that their interests are represented. The research on employability and salaries in the private sector is aimed at addressing the disparities in salaries and employment opportunities faced by our members. We believe that our members deserve equal pay for equal work, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that this is achieved.

National Conference

I won’t hesitate to mention that I have set up a committee for the National Conference Planning, led by Pharm. Tech Edaigbini Omoh O., and they are working diligently to explore various avenues to ensure the success of the conference. The committee is comprised of dedicated members who are passionate about our profession and committed to making a positive impact. The National Conference will provide a platform for us to come together, share ideas, and develop strategies for advancing our profession.

Furthermore, the NEC is equally set to create an exclusive RFPTN Members platform, a platform designed to foster engagement, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among our members. This platform will provide a safe space for us to discuss our challenges, share our experiences, and support one another in our professional journey. The EXCLUSIVE RFPTN MEMBERS’ PLATFORM will be a game-changer for our profession, and we encourage all members to participate actively.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I want to express my gratitude to all National Executive Council Members, States Executive Council members, and members of RFPTN for their dedication and hard work. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and I am proud of you. As we move forward, I encourage you all to remain committed and continue to support our efforts. We will not relent in our efforts to ensure that our members receive the recognition and opportunities they deserve. Together, we can achieve great things and create a brighter future for ourselves and our profession.

Thank you for your attention, and I wish you all a happy June, 2024.

Sincerely,

Shagba Humphrey T.

RFPTN President

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