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SDP Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo, Promises Reform in the Pharmaceutical Industry



SDP Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo, Promises Reform in the Pharmaceutical Industry

If elected, the Social Democratic Party's (SDP) Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has promised to reform Nigeria's pharmaceutical industry.

On Thursday, November 3rd, Prince Adebayo spoke at the 95th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Jos, Plateau State.

According to the SDP presidential candidate, his party will create a stable environment for the pharmaceutical industry to conduct research that will benefit both the health sector and the economy.

He said, “You need a stable environment, the country has to be secure, then the business environment has to be protected and the regimes have to have policies that are stable so that your investments don't go to waste. 

“The first thing we will guarantee you is stability; your neighborhood will be safe. There will be no riots, no unrest, and no boundaries, no kidnapping. You will be able to set up concerns from possible research to production, even to dispensation where you have your pharmacies across”.

Adebayo went on to say of his plans to improve the health sector, "I will ensure that public hospitals, including public dispensaries, are well-stocked and up to date."

“I would ensure that professionals when they finish from school, the first point of call before they go into private practice is a strong public health sector so that you will have spent a number of years using government money to do government resources, to do facilities before you go out to major on your own. The best health care people should be retained by the government.

“Thirdly, we will stabilize our currency. I'm not saying I will give you 1 naira to $1, no, I am saying that for planning purposes, if you have 500 naira to the dollar in year one you have 500, not a dollar. 

“The last thing which I will do is that we should have a system for the retention of our manpower in this country”.

He also stated that the economy must be kept stable because many components of the health sector, such as medicine manufacturing, rely on foreign trade.

Adebayo also stated that his party will address poverty, ensure nutritional balance for Nigerians by ensuring food supply, provide housing, and ensure adequate access to healthcare.

“In our government, we will take care of poverty, and to take care of poverty, you need to do five things. 

“First, you need to know that the revenue coming into the country has to be preserved for the people of that country; second thing we will do is that we need to give nutritional balance to our people; then housing which is very important to health and to instability; then we deal with general issue of accessing health care.

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“The fifth component is that we need to give education to our people; education is what differentiates you from your cousins who are bricklayers, carpenters and whatever”, he said.

Prince Adewole stated that his government will support the pharmacy profession so that it can self-regulate and provide the highest level of professional training to pharmacists in the country and around the world.

He said, “Because pharmaceutical field is also an employment both in the public and private sector, we will ensure that you have living wages and people who practice pharmacy do not automatically sign the oath of poverty”.

Former Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, Sen Ugochukwu Uba, Pastor Ade Alabi, and Godwin Osigbeme accompanied the SDP presidential candidate.

Omoyele Sowore of the AAC was also present, as were representatives from other parties, including the Labour Party Plateau State Youth Coordinator and Nentawe Yilwatda, the APC Plateau State gubernatorial candidate.

The conference's theme was:

 “Synergizing Healthcare Professionals For Effective Delivery: Nigeria Post 2023 In Context”.

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