Nigeria Discontinues Pharmaceutical Technologists Training Program

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria and the National Board for Technical Education have signed an MoU to discontinue the training of pharmaceutical technologists, focusing solely on National Diploma in Pharmacy Technicians, a move aimed at streamlining pharmaceutical education in Nigeria.

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Nigeria Discontinues Pharmaceutical Technologists Training Program

Nigeria Discontinues Pharmaceutical Technologists Training Program

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address concerns regarding pharmaceutical technician training in Nigerian polytechnics and other institutions. The signing ceremony, which took place on April 25, 2024, was presided over by the State Minister for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, and attended by the Federal Ministry of Education's Permanent Secretary and other Ministry Directors.

Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties have agreed to only accredit and train National Diploma in Pharmacy Technicians going forward. This decision marks a significant shift in the pharmaceutical education landscape in Nigeria, as it effectively discontinues the training of pharmaceutical technologists in the country.

The Registrar/CEO of PCN and the Executive Secretary of NBTE commended the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Education for their role in facilitating and resolving the 22-year-old dispute between the two organizations. They emphasized that this achievement aligns with the administration's revitalized hope agenda, guided by the laser-like focus of the Federal Ministries of Health and Education.

Why this matters: The discontinuation of the pharmaceutical technologists training program in Nigeria has significant consequences for the country's healthcare system and the pharmaceutical industry. This decision is expected to streamline pharmaceutical education and ensure a more focused approach to training pharmacy technicians who play a critical role in dispensing medications and assisting pharmacists.

Key Takeaways

  • PCN and NBTE signed MoU to address pharmaceutical technician training in Nigeria.
  • MoU limits training to National Diploma in Pharmacy Technicians, discontinuing technologists.
  • Resolves 22-year dispute between PCN and NBTE, aligning with government's health agenda.
  • Discontinuation has significant consequences for healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Collaboration between regulators aims to harmonize pharmaceutical education in Nigeria.