A Tribute To A Distinguish Alumnus And One- Time President Of ABU Alumni Association: Late Alhaji Abubakar Gimba
Citation on Dr. Ahmed Tijjani Mora,
Ph.D; FPSN; FPC.Pharm; mni
(Wakilin Maganin Zazzau)
(A) Dr. Ahmed T. Mora:-
LIFE TIME LANDMARK PROFESSIONAL INNOVATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
(i) Initiation of the idea of a disposable syringe production pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant by the Kaduna State Government-the Zaria Pharmaceutical Company (ZPC) Ltd, Zaria (manufacturers of ZARINJECT disposable syringes and needles).Initiated the concept in 1992, served as Project Coordinator for 28 months supervising the supply and installation of equipment for the 135 million capacity disposable syringe production plant and the biggest in West Africa, Eventually served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the disposable syringe Production Plant,
(ii) Initiation the idea of Minimum Standards of Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria in my capacity as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Regulatory Agency established by Decree (now Act) 91 of 1992 and charged with the responsibility of regulating and control of Pharmacy Education and Practice in all aspects and ramification among other functions. The idea led to the publishing of the First Edition of “The 4-Part Compendium of Minimum Standard of Practice for the Assurance of Pharmaceutical Care in Nigeria” in 2005 which was presented to the Nigerian Public by the then Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo in August of the same year. The Compendium became the first Minimum Standard of Practice to be collated and published in the history of Healthcare regulation in Nigeria. In 2009, a Second Edition was published.
(iii) Expansion and staffing of the PCN from an agency with 4 offices and 99 staff members when I took over as Registrar and CEO in 2003 to 44 offices and 272 staff among whom were 88 pharmacists when I completed my two terms totaling 8 years in 2012. This expansion made the PCN to be the only Federal Government of Nigeria’s health regulatory agency with offices in all states of the Federation as well as Zonal Offices which allowed for more intense and frequent inspections and monitoring of pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, wholesale and importation companies of pharmaceutical nature, hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Nigeria. The period also saw a corresponding increase in number of vehicles procured as brand new for inspection purposes from the 9 units to 50 vehicles after 8 years. Accreditation and monitoring of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) Degree Programmes within Nigerian Universities was also given a boost. Universities with approved B.Pharm Degree Programmes grew from 9 to 15 within the same period.
(iv) I have served as a part-time lecturer teaching courses in PHARMACY MANAGEMENT to Part 111(now 400 Level) Pharmacy undergraduate students in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ABU, Zaria continuously from 1986 to date(27 yrs)free of charge.
(vi) Chaired a Committee set up by the Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna to oversee the establishment of a Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (December, 2011-May, 2012). University accepted the Committee’s Report. I was appointed the Foundation Dean of the new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of KASU in October 2012. Successfully passed the National Universities Commission (NUC) Resource verification Exercise in November, 2012.
Lectures for level 100 students begun on January 28, 2013 with myself as the first to lecture.
SUMMARY: DR. AHMED TIJJANI MORA HAD EFFECTIVELY CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHARMACY EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL AND IN ALL THE FOUR AREAS OF PHARMACY PRACTICE AS WELL AS IN PHARMACY REGULATION AND CONTROL IN NIGERIA CONTINUOUSLY FOR THIRTY-FIVE(35)YEARS SINCE QUALIFYING AS A PHARMACIST IN 1978.
(B) Brief on Dr. Ahmed T. Mora, Ph.D; FPSN; FPC.Pharm; mni
Dr. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, pharmacist, public servant, University lecturer and member of the National Institute was born in May 13, 1956 to the family of the late Dr. Abdurrahman Mora of Zaria. He had his Primary, Secondary and University education all in Zaria at the LEA Primary School Tudun Wada, Zaria (1969), the famous Barewa College, Zaria where he graduated with Division One and the best graduating Student of his class (Form VB) (1974) and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ABU, Zaria (1978) respectively.
Dr. A. T. Mora had his Masters and Doctor of philosophy Degrees from ABU, Zaria (1985) and Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) (2012). He was also at the National Institute for policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos for the Senior Executive Course (SEC) number 32/2010 and was awarded the member of the National Institute (mni) Certificate in November, 2010. Dr. A.T. Mora had attended several Healthcare Development, Management and Strategic Courses at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo, Badagry; the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA; Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool U.K among the major ones.
The working career of Dr. A. T. Mora as a professional Pharmacist and Kaduna State and Federal Government Public Officer and Civil Servant has been phenomenal. He was in the private sector for three years as Pharmaceutical Representative for a German Pharmaceutical manufacturing Company, Grunenthal, GMBH of Stolberg, Germany based in Kano under Pharco(Nig)Ltd and in-charge of the whole north from 1980 – 1983. From 1986, to date, Dr. A. T. Mora worked as a Public Officer and Civil Servant as the pioneer pharmaceutical Divisional Manager at the defunct Kaduna State Distribution Agency(KSDA) Ltd; Chief Pharmacist and Head of Pharmacy Department at the defunct Health Management Board(HMB), Kaduna State; Chief Pharmacist and later as pioneer Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health(MOH), Kaduna State; pioneer Project Manager, Project Implementation Unit(PIU) of the African Development Bank(AfDB)/African Development Fund(ADF)-Assisted Kaduna Health Rehabilitation (KHRP),MOH, Headquarters, Kaduna ;Initiator, Project Coordinator and Managing Director/CEO of the biggest disposable syringe manufacturing plant in West Africa, the Kaduna State –owned, Zaria Pharmaceutical Company Ltd (ZPC),Zaria (Manufacturer of Zarinject syringes and needles) and Managing Director/CEO at Zazzau Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ZPIL), Zaria(manufacturer of generic and branded tablets and syrups) as community pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist and Industrial Pharmacist as the case may be. With his current position as the foundation Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Kaduna State University (KASU), since October 2012, Dr. A. T. Mora has thus broken the record as the only Nigerian in history to have practiced in all the four (4) major areas of specialty of pharmacy since qualifying as pharmacist in 1978 and raising to the top in each area.
The academic career in pharmacy of Dr .A. T. Mora started on a part-time basis as Lecturer II in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences ABU, Zaria teaching Part III (now 400 Level) students topics in Pharmacy Management from 1986 to date, a period of 27 (twenty-seven) years continuously free-of-charge.
Dr. A. T. Mora has served his two (2) full terms of four (4) years each totaling Eight (8) years as Registrar/CEO, of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Abuja, where he re-organized and repositioned the Federal Governments pharmacy regulatory body as one of repute and distinction. From four (4) offices in 2003 when he took over, Dr. A. T. Mora created forty (40) additional offices by the time he completed his tenure in 2011. Similarly, staff strength grew from 99 to 272 within the same period.
For his services to the nation as a public officer, civil servant, University lecturer and a major player in community services at Professional Associations, Alumni and old student’s levels, Dr. T. Mora has been severally honored with the following.
(i) Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) (1997);
(ii) Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (FPC.Pharm) (2002);
(iii) Eminent Persons Award of the Nigerian Association of Industrial Pharmacists (NAIP) (1998);
(iv) Fellow and Industrial Leadership Award of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (1998);
(v) Fellow, Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria (FICEN) (1998);
(vi) Award as Benefactor of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ABU, Zaria (2004);
(vii) Nominated as the most distinguished Alumnus of the history of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ABU, Zaria at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of ABU, Zaria (2012);
(viii) Pharmaceutical Leadership Award as African Executive of the year (2009) by African Leadership magazine (2010);
(ix) Fellow, Institute of Healthcare Management, Nigeria (FIHMN) (2012).
(x) Conferred with the traditional title of ‘Wakilin Maganin Zazzau’ by His Highness, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, CFR for Dr. Mora’s role in bringing development to the health and education sectors, not only in Zazzau Emirate but the nation as a whole.
Turbaning ceremony took place on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Emir’s Palace, Zaria City, Kaduna State.
Dr. A. T. Mora has similarly, held the following posts at Association’s and NGO levels as part of his service to the community.
(i) Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) (Kaduna State Branch) (1989 – 1990);
(ii) Founding member, Interim National Chairman, National Chairman and now, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), ABU Pharmacy Alumni Association (1994 – date);
(iii) Founding member; member, central working committee (CWC) of the Zaria Education Development Association (ZEDA) (1992 – date) and now member, Board of Trustees (BOT) (from Dec, 2011);
(iv) Member, Barewa Old Boys Association (1975 – date) and presently, the National Secretary- General of the Association (From Dec, 2012);
(v) Member, ABU Alumni Association (1983 – date) and now Deputy National President, of the Association (from July, 2010);
(vi) National Chairman, Committee of Registrars of the Health Professors (CRHP) (2006 – 2012);
(vii) Member, International Pharmaceutical Federation (F.I.P) (1991- date) and served on the Executive Committee of the Commission for Administrative pharmacy of the FIP for four (4) years (1992 – 1996).
(viii) Founding member and Interim, Chairman, West African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (WAPMA) (2002 – 2003).
Dr. A. T. Mora has published 25 books with ISBN as author, co-author or editor and presented more than fifty (50) Scientific and Professional position papers on Pharmacy Management and related topics as speaker at Major national and international conferences and Seminars from 1988 to date. Among the books authored by Dr. Ahmed T. Mora include the following:
(a) “The 4-Part Compendium of Minimum Standards for the Assurance of Pharmaceutical care in Nigeria” (2009) (Bliss International Ltd, Ibadan);
(b) “Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Management – The Fred Adenika Legacy” (2009) (Pharmanews/PCN);
(c) “D.S Wali – An Icon of Community Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria” (2013);
(d) “The Contributions of Students and Alumni Association Towards Promoting Pharmacy Education and Practice in Nigeria (2014) (Woodpecker Communications Ltd);
(e) “The Lizard Shape Model in Drug Distribution in Nigeria” (2014) (Woodpecker Communications Ltd).
Dr. A. T. Mora has visited no fewer than Eighty (80) cities within thirty-three (33) countries of the world. He is married and has children.
Office Address:- Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaduna
State University (KASU), Main Campus, Kaduna.
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