The gesture was part of the promise by UNN’ 97 class to furnish the laboratories with high definition laboratory equipments during the home coming meeting of the former staff and students of the faculty to discuss on how to improve the faculty four months ago.
The 97 session graduates of the school of pharmacy mobilized themselves to answer the clarion call to stop the traumatic experiences they had during their laboratory practical.
Their spokesman of the group, Chinenye Onodugo recalled how one of their school mates lost his sight during practical adding that they we will not allow such event to happen again due to lack of equipment.
According to Onodugo, “The enthusiasm and passion was so high that we were able to mobilize and organise quite a number of our members all over the world to task ourselves as we pledged during the home coming event, having witnessed a lot of trauma during our laboratory practical sessions as undergraduates which we wish to correct.”
In his remark, the Dean of the school of pharmacy, Prof Godswill, applauded the 97 session, pharmacy graduates for their handsome donation of the equipment to create a conducive and high esteem laboratory for the faculty.
He said that the equipment in the faculty laboratories are getting old and outdated and will be replaced with the “equipment donated today.”
“The equipment donated will be moved to our new laboratory building as plans to relocate had been concluded.
“We will use the equipment donated today in our new laboratory building as planned to move in as scheduled in December” he said adding that, “the department will be a brand new building with trendy laboratory equipments”.
He urged other graduates of the department to emulate the 1997 session to bring back the glory of the institution, hoping that in no distance time that the school will produce the best pharmacy graduates in the whole world as the best and trendy equipments are available for practicals.
The Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozurumba represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Igwe, expressed happiness on the action of the group, saying that the equipment donated by the group as a give back to their Alma mater surprised them.
Overwhelmed by the kind gesture of the former students, the Vice Chancellor said the donation came at the right time of their need especially when the federal government cannot provide all the equipments needed to furnish the new building and laboratories due to economic recession in the country.
The equipment donated include, PC jenway ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer, Electronic precision balance, Intel-lab toploading balance, Magnetic force analytical balance, Protective laboratory goggles, Blank microscope cover slips and many others.
The 97 session while presenting the equipments to the school said that the best of these highly motivated professionals is yet to be had, as they are not resting on their oars until they bring the desired change in the Nigerian health sector.