By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka has advised students of College of Health Technology, Akure to seek higher knowledge in achieving optimal professional pursuit.
Ajaka stated this yesterday in Akure while speaking at the Induction Ceremony for the Year 2021 set of Graduands of the Department of Pharmacy Technician of the college.
He noted that the induction ceremony was just a foundation in the pursuit of a career in pharmacy as a profession, adding that the Ministry of Health will give the College all needed support for its overall growth and development.
He noted that the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had been giving the institution all the support it requires imploring the management, staff and students to always reciprocate the gesture.
Provost of the College, Dr. Felix Olawoye appreciated the state governor for his unflinching support for the institution.
He recalled that it was through the efforts of the governor that the Department of Pharmacy Technician got its five-year accreditation.
Head, Department of Pharmacy Technician, Mrs. Josephine Oyadeyi noted that the graduating set was peculiar, adding that all the 40 students of the department scaled through the probational class and passed the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria ( PCN) examination.
She added that the products of the institution were well sought after in the labour market as outstanding and preferred pharmacy technicians.
According to her, the department has got full accreditation by the PCN, noting that the PCN has increased the admission quota of the department from 40 students to 50 .
She commended the state governor for not only providing the enabling environment but moving the department and college to its next level of development .
Oyadeyi, therefore, urged the inductees not to rest on their oars, saying that ‘they should stretch out their wings and soar higher as the sky is just the beginning’.
She also tasked them to be good ambassadors of the college and give back to the institution.
The overall best student of the set, Miss Oreoluwa Akinrinlola also lauded the state government for its unflinching support to the college.
Akinrinola noted that it was determination and hardwork that earned her the recorded feat.
An Award of Excellence was conferred on the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health ,Pharmacist(Mrs.) Folukemi Aladenola in recognition of her tremendous contributions and support towards the resuscitation of the Department of Pharmacy Technician in the college and the overall growth and development of the college.
Receiving the award, Aladenola appreciated the management of the college for the honour bestowed on her and assured the institution of her unflinching support.