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Seek admission only in approved institutions – PCN tells students

The Registrar, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, PCN, Pharmacist Ibrahim Babashehu, has encouraged Nigerian students willing to study abroad to seek advice from the body before embarking on wasteful sojourns.

Babasheshu disclosed that the body has records of foreign institutions with accreditation to train pharmacists, and admonished students to conduct proper checks before accepting admission from schools without appropriate accreditation.

Represented by the Southwest Coordinator of the Council, Pharmacist Adenike Ogunlola, Babashehu made the call on Tuesday at the induction/convocation ceremony of Pharmacy Technician and Public Health Technician of Mercy College of Health Sciences and Technology, Iwo, Osun State

He warned students against seeking degrees from neighbouring west-african countries to avoid wasteful ventures.

Babashehu said, “Don’t go to Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroon and others seeking further degrees, such a venture would amount to waste of resources and time. If you are seeking foreign degrees it must be in PCN approved institutions.

“The PCN is aware that a good number of Pharmacy Technicians seek further education in foreign countries. The PCN has nothing against such, in fact, the PCN supports that.

“However, this must be done in PCN approved institutions. Consequently, you are advised to confirm the status of the institution you want to apply for further studies before accepting admission. You can always contact PCN websites or offices for the status of foreign institutions.”

According to the chairman of the induction ceremony, Professor Ajibade Lawal, medical courses demand courage, especially to avoid sharp practices which can tarnish the image of not just the institution but also the professional body.

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