October 2, 2020

Okpako was Nigeria’s foremost Professor of Pharmacy – Olorogun Gbagi

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Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi

Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi

Former Minister, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has described late Professor David Tinakpoevwan Okpako as the foremost Pharmacist and one of the best pharmacologists that Africa has ever produced.

He said this in a statement released during the burial ceremony of Prof. Okpako in Owhawha town in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Gbagi, while eulogizing Prof. Okpako, said the late professor was one of the first professors in the Urhobo nation and one of the first set of professor of Pharmacy in Nigeria.

He added that Prof. Okpako through his relentless effort and patriotism helped to establish the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Ibadan and at the Delta State University, Abraka.

Olorogun Gbagi described professor Okpako as an honest, patriotic and hardworking Nigerian who dedicated all his life to providing quality education and humanitarian services to Nigeria and beyond.

He noted that the late professor, having done all his studies in the USA, had the huge opportunity of staying back, but decided to return to Nigeria to patriotically contribute to the development of his fatherland.

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He further noted that Okpako becoming a professor at the age of 41 years is a clear testimony to his academic prowess, intellectual dexterity and dedication to duty. He thus called on Nigerians, both home and abroad, to emulate the selfless lifestyle of Prof. Okpako contributing to the service of his nation.

He described Prof. Okpako as a founding father of Pharmacy and Pharmacology education in Nigeria and referred to him as a great great grand-father professor for being able to produce generations of several professors, pharmacists and pharmacologists.

While referring to Prof. Okpako as a professor par excellence, Olorogun noted that apart from Prof. Okpako’s academic prowess, he also promoted Urhobo cultural value in the area of traditional medicine, folklore and Udje songs and dance.

Olorogun Gbagi commended him for putting Urhobo in the international limelight through his scholarship and academic feat and bringing recognition to entire Nigeria by popularizing the study of pharmacy and pharmacology in the country.