Dean's Welcome Address
I am pleased to welcome you to the Faculty website. I assumed office as Dean on the 1st of August 2013, taking over from our resourceful and energetic Prof. O. O. Bolaji who successfully completed his term as Dean.
The Pharmacy building extension (B block) which was started in 2012 was commissioned in December, 2014. At the commissioning ceremony, graced by the presence of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council, Prof. R. Ndoma-Egba, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Bamitale Omole promised to facilitate the installation of furniture and the final work on the building within the first quarter of 2015. The Class of 88 celebrated their 25th anniversary by ‘giving back’ to their alma mater. They replaced the damaged corridor flooring on 2 floors of the current Faculty building with terrazzo and donated two Electronic Interactive boards to enhance teaching/learning in the Faculty at a cost of over 4 Million naira.
We want to thank all our alumni and the Class of 88 in particular, for their support to the Faculty. We implore you to keep in touch by providing contact details and also endeavour to visit the Faculty and the website regularly. We encourage other Class sets to come together to make their contribution to their alma mater. We especially need the continued support of alumni on curriculum development, career counselling and mentorship of young students in the Faculty. These will inspire them and increase their employability and enhance their experience. We also need assistance to acquire equipment items to enhance teaching and research. If you want to help in these areas please let us know.
The Faculty celebrated 50 years of training Graduate Pharmacists with an Alumni reunion which held from 27thof February to 2nd March 2014. It was wonderful to see many of you at the Faculty during the alumni reunion. The Faculty succeeded in establishing a database of alumni and the OAU Faculty of Pharmacy Alumni Association and interim Executive Committee were inaugurated to run the affairs of the Alumni Association. Once again, we thank all our alumni /alumnae for their assistance and donations over the years and during the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Notably, Pharm Ayo Otuyalo, Managing Director, Prime Atlantic, Lagos, funded the repainting of the Old Pharmacy Building to the tune of 5 Million naira.
The Faculty Board recently approved a proposal to seek support for needy students. The initiative of Dr Raymond Zard to support indigent students of the Faculty for the last 18 years is instructive. A large number of the beneficiaries emerged among the best graduating students of the Faculty and some beneficiaries are now lecturers in the Faculty with PhD degrees. Your support in this direction is much needed.
During the Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the official name of the alumni association was approved as “Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni Association” at a meeting attended by 77 alumni. It was agreed that there was a need for active collaboration between alumni and constructive engagement with the Faculty on a regular basis in order to move the Faculty forward.
If there are any areas of activity that you want to know more about or be involved with in the Faculty we would be happy to hear from you.
Pharmacy was first established as a Department in the former Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan Branch, in the year 1957. When the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) was established in 1962, it remained a Department within the Faculty of Science. It, however, continued to award the Diploma in Pharmacy degree till June 1965 while concurrently starting a programme for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) degree in September 1963.
The Senate of the University decided during the 1968/69 session to upgrade the Department into a full Faculty status from 1st October, 1969, with four main departments: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutics. Consequently, the growth of the Faculty continued at the Ibadan Campus of the University until it transferred to her present building on the Ile-Ife (home) campus in September 1972.
The Faculty over the period of its growth and development had three units namely, Drug Research Unit, Pilot Drug Production Unit and Drug Quality Control Unit which were incorporated into the Departments of Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, respectively. However, during the 1978/79 session the three units were separated from the Departments and merged into a Unit, now known as the ‘Drug Research and Production Unit’, to consolidate the various efforts on research in the Faculty. Senate approved in 1983 that this Unit should become an autonomous department in the Faculty of Pharmacy. The department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration was physically and effectively established in November 1996, after a long sojourn in the Dean’s Office, and has since then been functioning as an independent department.
The Faculty also has established postgraduate programmes in all her departments while the staff development programme of the University has contributed immensely towards the availability of Teaching and Research staff in the Faculty.
The philosophy of Pharmacy education is to produce graduates with a wide range of scientific, professional and managerial competence which best serves the needs of the community and who possess sufficient adaptability to meet the demands of a changing health care delivery.
Thus, the objectives therefore are:
- To equip the graduates with material knowledge required to perform pharmaceutical services in the industry, community, health institutions etc .
- To train postgraduate students in Pharmacy
The Faculty in spite of some constraints to optimal functioning is indeed meeting the above stated objectives.
Prof. Wilson Erhun
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION Pharmacy Administration RESEARCH INTEREST
- Medicine optimization
- Pharmacy Education
- Pharmacy legislation and policy