He is Ahmed Yakasai. He emerged the new President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria after an election held at the Annual General Meeting of the PSN, yesterday in Abuja. As an accomplished Pharmacist, he has a vast background in international marketing. Meet the man;
Yakasai was born in Yakasai Quarters of Kano Municipality, Kano State in 1960 and has worked variously in both public and private sectors. He was Commissioner twice in Kano State (Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism in 2005 to 2010 and Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning 2010-2011. He worked in four government hospitals before joining private sector in 1987 after which he founded Pharmaplus Nigeria Limited in 1992.
He was 1st Deputy President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (1997 to 2000), Chairman, Pharmaceutical of Society of Nigeria, Kano State 1991 to 1995, Chairman, Nigerian Association of General Practice Pharmacists, now Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), 1989 to 91, 1st Vice President, Kano Chamber of Commerce 1996-2004, Zonal Consultant, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), among others.
He had his 1st degree in Pharmacy, 1983, from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University. He also has several postgraduate certificates in different professional fields ranging from general management, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, IT, community rapid assessment, emergency preparedness and response to epidemics/case management, leasing operations and administrations, islamic banking, public-private partnership project management essentials and MSc. international marketing (search and social media marketing), University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom (UK)-in view.
He is a fellow of different fellowships and institutes, including PSN, Nigerian Institute of Management, Institute of Logistics Management of Nigeria and Institute of Chartered Institute of Commerce.
He is a two-time commissioner in Kano State.