First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has charged pharmacists to build useful partnerships for national development, including welfare of the girl-child.
She made the call while receiving officials of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) on Thursday, at the State House, Abuja.
The First Lady observed that the current challenges facing the girl-child, especially in health and education as well as that of drug and gender-based abuse, require a lot of introspection and constructive partnership.
She said, while aspiring to make their tomorrow better, Nigerians have to keep the girl-child safe and secure today.
“I am happy that NAPPSA has aligned its thoughts with the aspirations of my Future Assured with regards to the issues around the girl-child. I am sure we will do a lot together” she said.
She gave an example of the Future Assured College in Maiduguri, which was established to educate young girls affected by insurgency and poverty and support them to attain a brighter future, and urged that such be replicated by others.
The President of NAPPSA, Dr. Teresa Isichei, who led the delegation, spoke of the aim of the Association, which is to play a role in the promotion of healthy living and disease prevention in Nigeria.
She said the work of Future Assured had not gone unrecognized and promised to continue to support the initiative in raising healthy, educated and responsible young women.
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NAPPSA aims to align with other associations to build capacity as well as transfer knowledge and skill, especially from the diaspora Nigerians, she said; and pledged that the group would commit more to making a difference through the professional calling of its members.