Dean's Welcome Address
Welcome to Faculty of Pharmacy. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University website which is intended as a window for valid information on our teaching, research and service activities. Our faculty is the premier faculty of Pharmacy in Nigeria.
I assumed office as Dean on the 1st of August 2017, taking over from Prof Adeleke Adebajo, a pharmacist-pharmacognosist of repute. Over the years the Faculty has benefitted immensely from the successive highly committed and very distinguished and dedicated Professors who have served as Deans. The foundation of the faculty was very good and successive leaders have continued to build on this solid foundation.
I bring into the administration of the faculty, professionalism, passion, prudence, integrity, innovation, flexibility and effective communication with a clear vision – to become the best rated Faculty of Pharmacy in Africa.
To actualize the vision, a plan of action has been articulated and translated to a corporate faculty action plan with a focus on students, curriculum, evaluation of teaching, refurbishing classrooms, improving on research and teaching facilities; signing a memorandum of understanding with the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex to enhance the teaching and practice of clinical pharmacy; encouraging grantsmanship, publishing in very reputable journals; vigorously encouraging alumni participation and collaboration in faculty development, promoting the use of IT in the conduct of faculty activities, creating a beautiful faculty environment, upgrading the faculty website and organizing an international annual faculty conference and alumni reunion. The Faculty is pursuing a comprehensive review of the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. The process for the introduction of the PharmD programme is being vigorously pursued.
The Faculty through its high quality of research and teaching has trained over 3500 pharmacists who are globally engaged in different sectors of pharmacy and allied professions. The Faculty runs post graduate programmes in all her departments. The postgraduate programme in pharmacy administration is the first in West Africa.
I must mention at this time, the tremendous support we are receiving from the Class sets of Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni. Such groups will be celebrated annually at the Alumni reunion which will constitute part of the Great Ife Pharmacy International Conference with the maiden edition in May 2018. It is intended and packaged as a global event. A must-not-miss for all Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni.
We welcome you to our site and would appreciate your feedback on any issue for which you will require more information. You can reach me by email. I will love to hear from you.
With best wishes.
Prof Wilson O. Erhun FNAPharm., FPCPharm.
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
Wilson Oyekigho Erhun is a Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University .
Prof Erhun is an alumnus of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University having graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1978. He obtained his MSc.(Pharmaceutical Chemistry), PhD (Pharmacognosy) and Master of Business Administration, all from the same university in 1980, 1984 and 1992 respectively. He joined the services of the Obafemi Awolowo University as an Assistant lecturer in 1980 and rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer (Pharmacognosy) in 1987 and became a Professor (Pharmacy Administration) in 2006. He has held several administrative positions including Vice Deanship of the Faculty (2000), Headship of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration (2001-2004;2008-2013), Faculty of Pharmacy Curriculum Development Officer (1983-1985). He is a member of the Senate of the university (from 2009).
Prof Erhun received different grants and awards including International Pharmaceutical Federation travel scholarship to serve as Visiting International Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;(1993); Independent Medical Education Travel Scholarship to attend the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seoul, South Korea (2017) and a WHO research grant( 2001)
He has served as consultant on many national and international health/pharmacy projects including; Logistics Management System: Rapid Assessment of Status/Expiration of ARV drugs, drugs for OIs & test kits at ART sites (Nigeria); Essential Medicines Programme; Establishing a Unit Dose Dispensing System at the University College Hospital, Ibadan; Establishing the Pharmacy academic programme at the Delta State University, Abraka.
He chaired the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Re Accreditation Panel, Madona University, Elele (2013) and PCN, Visitation Team, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Agulu campus (2017) and a member of some other accreditation panels of the National Universities Commission to Faculties of Pharmacy in Nigeria Universities. He has served as external assessor for professorial appointments and external examiner in many universities and supervised many postgraduate students at the doctoral and masters’ level in addition to many Fellowship students of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP).
Prof Erhun was the Secretary General, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (2013 – 2017) and Chairman, Faculty of Social & Administrative Pharmacy, WAPCP (2017-2019). He has been Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (1991-1992) and Editor in Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy (1993-1996).
He has served as Visiting/Adjunct Professor at the Delta State University (2011/2012) and University of Ibadan (2014 to 2018). He was the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy,
Niger Delta University, Amassoma. (2003/2004). He was a Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Community Bank Ltd (now OAU Microfinance Bank)(1995 to 2008).
Prof Erhun is a registered Pharmacist with PCN; a Fellow, WAPCP (1994) and Foundation Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (2014). He has made presentations/participated in different pharmaceutical fora/institutions in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Republic of Korea and Croatia.
Faculty Secretary's Profile
Mrs Angela . L. Egharevba started her career in this University as an Administrative Officer I on 4th October, 1995. She rose through the ranks and was promoted to the post of Deputy Registrar with effect from 1st October, 2009. She has worked in different units of the University and was redeployed to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Pharmacy as Deputy Registrar and Faculty Secretary effective, 16th May, 2016.
Her schedule of duties includes servicing of all statutory meetings in the Faculty, processing all recommendations as appropriate to relevant committees and performing other duties that may be assigned by the Dean and Registrar.
Mrs Egharevba has generally demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and thoroughness in all areas of her work.
She is humble, mature and deeply committed to the progress of the Faculty and the University as a whole.