By OAU News/UTI
Prof W.O. Erhun, the erstwhile Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, is the latest recipient of the May & Baker Professional Service in Pharmacy.
The award was received on Tuesday, 5th November 2019 during the 92nd Annual Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria held at the International Trade Fair in Kaduna. The May & Baker Award is a flagship professional award in the pharmaceutical landscape in Nigeria.
PROFESSOR WILSON OYEKIGHO ERHUN’S CITATION
Prof Wilson Oyekigho Erhun had his secondary school education at St Peter Clavers College, Aghalokpe; Government College, Ughelli and Federal Government College, Warri. He is a 1978 pharmacy graduate of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He has a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (1980) and Master of Business Administration (1992) of the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is the first holder of a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacognosy awarded by Obafemi Awolowo University (1984).
Prof Erhun joined the services of the Obafemi Awolowo University as an Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacognosy in 1980 immediately after his National Youth Service in Ilaro, Ogun state, Nigeria. He rose through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacognosy in 1987. He was appointed as Curriculum Development Officer of the Faculty in 1983 to monitor and report to the Dean on a new pharmacy curriculum that had just been approved by the OAU Senate for the Faculty. That singular appointment was to change the research interest of Prof Erhun. His passion to make a success of the appointment despite not having any form of academic training in the area of this new and challenging assignment prompted him to read so widely on curriculum studies and by this discovered that his interest was actually more in Administration than Pharmacognosy.
After a long battle for recognition in the emerging discipline of Pharmacy Administration in OAU, he finally succeeded in transferring his services to a newly created Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration. He became a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Administration in 1999 through a formal selection process. He was pronounced a Professor of Pharmacy Administration effective 2006, thereby becoming the first Professor of Pharmacy Administration in West Africa. His student (Dapo Jegede) recently successfully defended his PhD (Pharmacy administration) which is the first from that university. His promotion to the rank of Professor which ended a cumulative 21 years as a Senior Lecturer in both Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy Administration is now a great source of encouragement to those experiencing delay in different areas of life. Prof Erhun has taught by his life experience a great lesson – that patience and focus combined with determination can win any battle in life. Prof. Erhun had previously served as a Visiting International Professor of Pharmacy Practice Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a travel scholarship provided by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Prof Erhun is the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Amassona (2003/2004) where he insisted that Pharmacy can only operate as an autonomous Faculty and if otherwise under a Collegiate system then any health care professional including Pharmacist should be able to aspire and attain the Provostship of the College. Pharmacy was ultimately granted an autonomous status. Wilson worked with Prof. David Okpako (pioneer Dean) as the Consultant in the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University, Abraka. He is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Ibadan.
Prof Erhun while serving as the Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, facilitated the establishment of a Pharmacy Information Centre in the Faculty of Pharmacy. He was also the arrow head in the development of the post graduate programme in Pharmacy Administration at the Obafemi Awolowo University which is the first of its kind in West Africa.
Wilson pioneered, with Pharmacist G. Obiaga, FPSN, a systematic implementation of the Unit Dose Dispensing System (UDDS) in Nigerian Hospitals through workshops and consultancies nationwide. It is generally accepted that while Pharmacist Obiaga is the father, Prof. Erhun is the mother of UDDS in Nigeria. It was Prof Erhun who organized the first National Workshop on UDDS in Nigeria in 2002.
which served as the required catalyst for the needed knowledge and skills leading to the adoption and implementation of UDDS in many heath care facilities in Nigeria. He also facilitated as Consultant to the University College Hospital, Ibadan the implementation of UDDS in that hospital. He has been a member of the Management Board of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex. Prof Erhun is the first Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. (1991/92). He has also served as Editor in Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy. He was the Coordinator of the first Group Dynamics Session of the PSN National Conference held in Kaduna in 1992. He has served either as Chair, Coordinator or Member in many committees of the PSN(National) including Communique; Scientific Sessions of PSN National Conference, Research & Documentation and the Education Committee where he currently serves as Adviser. He was the Lead Speaker on the topic “Pharmacy Education and Mandatory Professional Education at the Pharmacists Summit 2012 and also chaired a Group at the same Summit.
Wilson has delivered keynote addresses and guest lectures at different pharmaceutical fora in Kwara, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Enugu, Anambra, Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Kano states. He was a guest speaker at the 83rd annual conference of the PSN. He has also delivered key note addresses at different times in programmes organised by the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (Delta state branch), and Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia. He has attended many international conferences in Monrovia, Liberia, Cote dvoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, The Gambia, Republic of Korea, Croatia, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, USA and Switzerland. Prof. Erhun is the immediate Past Secretary General of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP)(2013-2017) and currently Chairman, Faculty of Social &Administrative Pharmacy of the College. He served for many years as a member of Regional Drug Advisory Council of WAPCP (2009-2017) and also as an Examiner of the College. He has been a resource person to WAPCP for over 15 years.
Prof Erhun was the Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Integration of WAPCP Fellowship programme into postgraduate programmes of faculties of pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences in Nigerian universities and was a peer reviewer of course contents for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). He served on the PCN Committee for the “Drafting of Pharmacy Regulations”. Prof Erhun is the Foundation President of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship of Nigeria (, a Past Chapter President, Full Gospel Businessmens’ Fellowship of Nigeria and a member, Executive Council, The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT). He holds many strategic positions in GOFAMINT where he also serves as Inspectorate Pastor reporting on over 60 churches.
Prof Erhun while serving as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy (August 2017 to July 2019), initiated the class set strategy for the mobilization of alumni which he is now actively promoting internationally. Within six months under his very impactful leadership as Dean he was able to mobilize different alumni sets to undertake projects to a cumulative amount of over eighteen million naira ( N18m). This alumni intervention was what largely contributed to the Full Accreditation status granted to the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2018. Describing his tenure, his Vice Dean (Dr (Mrs) Sharon Igbinoba) wrote “thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow while serving as Vice Dean under your Deanship. An MBA or Public Admin School may never have given me the level of administrative skill I learnt from you. You have indeed shown that you are indeed a Professor of Pharmacy Administration in theory and practice.”
Prof Erhun who is currently supervising four PhD students in two universities having supervised over 35 FPCPharm dissertations and some Masters degree students, has served as external examiner in many universities. He has chaired at different times PCN Accreditation/Visitation teams to some Faculties of Pharmacy and served as a member of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation/ Resource Verification Panel to some Nigerian Universities. Prof. Wilson Erhun, in appreciation and recognition of his active participation and service in the profession of pharmacy has received the Distinguished Service Award of the Ondo State branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (2011) and the Pharmacist of Excellence Award of the PSN Ekiti state branch(2006).
He has also been honoured with Fellowship of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (1994); Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (2014); Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants (2018) and Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (2019). Prof Wilson Oyekigho Erhun is married to one wife, Dr.(Mrs.) Mercy Erhun and the family is blessed with four children.