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The West African Society of Pharmacology is an organization that brings together several researchers
(Doctors, Pharmacists, Scientists) from the ECOWAS area whose focus is on medicine or therapeutics.

They will carry out enriching reflections on:

the optimal use of antihypertensive drugs and recent news on antihypertensive drugs
the optimal use of antidiabetic agents
how to prevent antibiotic resistance
the contribution of the traditional pharmacopoeia to therapeutics
the harmonization of pharmaceutical regulation in the ECOWAS area

 

Therapeutic Challenges in Diabetes and Methods of Anti-diabetic Drug Evaluation.
Prospects for New Antihypertensive Drugs: Possible Breakthroughs from Ethnopharmacology.
Drug Resistance Predicament in Chemotherapy
Pharmacovigilance: Adverse Drug Reactions in Children and Elderly
Personalized Therapy as a New Trend in Disease Management


The Society is more than ever a place of exchange by mixing speakers from all walks of life
and encouraging the communications of the youngest, whatever their specialty of origin.

 

Our Constitution

THE CONSTITUTION OF WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY


ARTICLE 1: NAME
The society shall be called WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY

ARTICLE II: SITUATION
The registered office is at National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD), Abuja and shall not be changed except by a special resolution of the general meeting of the Society.

ARTICLE III: AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The purposes for which the society is established are as follows:
1.    To advance the science of pharmacology and allied sciences in all its ramifications.
2.    To set, improve and maintain the highest professional and ethical standard among its members and other practitioners of the science of pharmacology.
3.    To liaise, co-operate and interact with other similar national or international bodies.
4.    To further, strengthen and promote the above objectives by publishing relevant books, journals, and newsletters for circulation among its members’ practitioners of pharmacology and other interested individuals and bodies.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
A.    The society shall have the following categories of members:
1.    Regular Members
2.    Honorary members
3.    Sustaining Members
4.    Emeritus / Retired Members
5.    Corporate Associates
6.    Affiliate Members
7.    Student Members / Fellows
8.    Life Members

1.    Regular Members
(a)    Regular members shall be persons actively engaged in the practice of pharmacology or a very closely related science in the West African Sub-region
(b)    Any qualified investigator who has conducted and published a meritorious original investigation in pharmacology shall be eligible for membership in the society.
2.    Honorary Members
(a)    Distinguished scientists of any country who are not members of the society and who have contributed to the advancement of pharmacological science shall be eligible for proposal as honorary members of the society.
(b)    Honorary members shall be persons elected into such membership upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee in recognition of any outstanding contribution to the advancement of pharmacology or a related discipline particularly within     West Africa.
(c)    Their nomination and election shall follow the rules prescribed for regular members. They shall have the privileges of members but are not subject to annual assessment.
3.    Sustaining Members
Any members of the society may contribute to the support of the society, sums in excess of the annual assessment. These members shall be recognized appropriately by the Executive Committee.

4.    Emeritus/ Retired Members
Any member of the society who has been a member for 30 years or who has retired because of health problems or age may, upon approval of the Executive Committee be relieved from paying the annual assessment while retaining the privileges of membership.
5.    Corporate Associates
Any firm, association, Corporation, Institution or subdivision thereof may be invited by the president of the society to become a corporate Associate for the purpose of supporting the society. A Corporate Associate shall be a non-voting member of the society.
6.    Affiliate Associates
Any qualified person who is engaged in the study of problem in Pharmacology but does not meet requirements for regular membership may be eligible for affiliate membership, which shall be non-voting. Affiliate members may later be proposed for regular membership upon meeting the requirements.
7.    Student Members/Fellows
People who either are enrolled in professional graduate or doctoral programmes or are current post-doctoral investigators but not yet qualified for regular or affiliate membership may be considered for Student/Fellow members may be proposed later for regular or affiliate membership upon meeting the requirements. No individual may remain in the student/Fellow membership for more than 7 years.
8.    Life Members
A.    Life members shall be ordinary members who have 15 years annual subscription in one or two installments.
B.    Membership Committee:
1.    There shall be a membership Committee vested with the responsibility of screening all membership applications and making recommendations on membership to the Executive Committee or the general house as the Executive Committee shall from time to time determine.
2.    Application forms for ordinary membership shall be obtained from the General Secretary and the society at a general meeting shall elect members from the list proposed by the Membership Committee.
C.    Annual Dues:
1.    Every regular member shall pay an annual subscription as shall from time to time be fixed by the general house. No member shall be entitled to any of the privileges of the society, until the subscription is paid.
2.    The annual subscription shall be paid on the 1st of January. Any member who has not paid his subscription within twenty eight days after it has become due shall be considered in arrears and if the amount due be not paid within twenty-eight days of his becoming in arrear he shall cease to be a member.
D.    Termination of Membership:
1.    A member may at any time resign from the society by giving the general secretary a three months notice in writing of his desire to do so.
2.    The Executive Committee may expel from membership any member guilty of misconduct rendering him unfit in their opinion to be a member of the society. PROVIDED that before expelling him, the society shall call upon the member to explain his/her conduct.


ARTICLE V: OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1.    OFFICERS
(a)    There shall be established for the society, the following officers:
i.    President
ii.    Vice-President
iii.    General Secretary
iv.    Asst. General Secretary
v.    Treasurer
vi.    Editor
vii.    Associate Editor
(b)    Only regular members shall be eligible for election into any of the offices of the society.

2.    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(a)    There shall be an Executive Committee of the society consisting of all the officers and seven non-official members, however that one each of such non-official members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee from every individual country which has members in the society.
(b)    The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the day to day running of the affairs of the society.
(c)    The Executive Committee shall carry into effect all the provisions of this constitution and all directives, orders, acts or duties, which the general house may from time to time recommend or approve.
(d)    Notwithstanding the above provisions of this article, the Supreme Authority and power to make rules and regulations of the society shall rest with the general house at its annual or general house at its annual or general meetings.
(e)    The Executive Committee may carry out its functions directly or indirectly by delegation to a committee or to a person or persons as it may deem fit.

3.    DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Each officer shall exercise all functions naturally and conveniently arising from the incidental to his office in addition to performing any duty which may be assigned to him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house and specifically the following duties:
a.    The President
He shall be the society’s Chief Executive and shall preside at all meetings of the society. He shall direct, control and co-ordinate other members of the Executive Committee and formulate policies with other executives. The President shall endorse minutes of every meeting after they have been read by the General Secretary and adopted by the general house. He shall be a signatory to all the society’s accounts. He shall have powers to summon emergency meetings. He shall serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees.
b.    The Vice-President
He shall deputize for the President in his absence and carry out any other assignment given him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
c.    The Secretary General
The General Secretary shall head the secretariat and co-ordinate all the secretarial activities of the society. He shall have custody of all official documents. He shall record all minutes of the shortcomings. He shall perform all other functions as may be assigned to him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
d.    The Assistant Secretary General
He shall deputize for the secretary-General in his absence and carry out any other functions he may be assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
e.    The Treasurer
The treasurer shall keep all monies received by the society and shall pay the same into the society’s accounts within 24 hours of receipt. He shall be the custodian of the society’s account passbook and shall produce the same at every general meeting for inspection. He shall always keep an impress account as directed by the Executive Committee.
f.    The Editor
He shall take charge of co-coordinating the Society’s publications, collect, collate and assemble articles and papers for publication and distribution on behalf of the society.

g.    The Associate Editor
He shall deputize for the Editor in his absence and carry on any other assignments he may assigned, by the President, Executive Committee or the general house.

4.    THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IS FURTHER VESTED WITH POWER:-
(I)    To manage and superintend the affairs of the society and act in the name on behalf of the society.
(II)    To constitute standing committees as may be necessary for the effective discharge of its      duties. The executive committee also has power to constitute Ad-hoc Committee to deal with special matters as may from time to time arise.
(III)        The Executive Committee shall appoint the chairman of such Committee provided on single person shall hold more than two separate chairmanship posts.
(IV)    Subject to the provisions of this constitution and any other regulating rules and guidelines    hereunder made the operation of the committees shall be regulated by any such modus operandi as may otherwise be adopted by such committees.
(V)    The Executive Committee may exercise all its powers to appoint and transfer thereto, the management of the society’s affairs to a management Secretary and such other personnel as it may deem necessary for the effective conduct of the business of the society and for the purpose of running a functional secretariat under such terms and conditions as may contracted.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS
1.    The offices is listed on Article 5 shall be filled by and election to be conducted by a Returning Officer recommended by the out-going Executive Committee and approved by the general house.
2.    Elections into every contestable office shall be secret ballot.
3.    Every elected officer shall hold office for 3 years.
4.    An incumbent officer may seek re-election or be eligible to stand for another term provided he did not hold that particular office previously for more than two terms.
5.    Every registered financial member shall the right to vote and be voted for at any election.

ARTICLE VII: BOARD TO TRUSTEES
1.    The society shall have constituted a governing body of not more than seven members into the Board of Trustees.
2.    The Board as constituted above shall be known as ‘’THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY’’
3.    Subject to the provision of ARTICLE V (3) (a) and VII (9) of this Constitution, any registered member of the society may be elected as a Trustee provided such a person elected shall contest any of the elective offices of the society during is Trusteeship.
4.    A Trustee shall hold office for life except he resigns or is removed from office for gross misconduct by at least 2/3 majority of members present at as general meeting and eligible to vote.
5.    A Trustee may however cease to hold office if:
(a)    He is so disqualified by the operation of law.
(b)    He resigns his office by notice in writing to the Executive Committee.
(c)     He cease to be a member of the society, and
(d)    A resolution removing him from office is passed at a general meeting of the society by a two-thirds majority vote of members present and voting.
6.    The Board shall apply to the Registrar of Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap. 59 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
7.    The Board shall meet at least twist in a year and as regularly as may be directed by the Executive Committee.
8.     The Board shall its discretion appoint its own chairman and prescribe its own regulatory rules as may be expedient.
9.    Both the president and secretary of the society shall be required to attend all meetings of the Board unless as otherwise so directed by the Board. These two officers shall not exercise any voting right there at.
10.    The Secretary of the society, shall also serve as the Board’s Secretary in the absence of the president or if the Executive Committee so directs.
11.    All properties of the society; moveable or immovable shall be vested in the Board.
12.    The Board shall have powers to lease, acquire, hold and otherwise deal in trust all landed properties of the society.
13.    The Board shall have a Common Seal to be kept in the custody of the Secretary of the society which shall be produced when required for use by the Board.
14.    All documents to be executed by the Board shall be signed by the President of the society and at least on Trustee (preferably the chairman).
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS
1.    The business of the society shall be conducted at general meetings, emergence general meetings, Executive Committee meetings and special Committee meetings.
2.    General meeting shall be held annually.
3.    The quorum for every meeting shall be one-third of its registered financial members present.
4.    Voting shall be show of hand.


ARITCLE IX: FINANCE AUDIT
1.    The society shall derive its funds from dues, subscriptions levies, donations, grants, gifts and loads and by any other means which the general house shall approve.
2.     The society shall maintain bank accounts with Union Bank of Nigeria PLC, First Bank of Nigeria PLC, or United Bank for Africa.
3.     The president, General Secretary and Treasurer shall be signatories to the Society’s account.
4.    The funds of the society shall not be loaned to any-one.
5.    There shall be a finance committee consisting of seven members of the society of which the Treasurer shall be the chairman who shall keep proper accounts of the society’s finances.
6.    The society shall appoint auditors to audit the accounts of the society at the end of each financial year and for his purpose, December shall be the year ending.

ARTICLE X: AMENMENT
The constitution may be amended by one-third majority votes of the general house present and voting at a general meeting.
ARTICLE XI CITATION
This Constitution shall be cited as the CONSTITUTION OF THE WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY
                                                                         ARTICLE XII: COMMENCEMENT
This Constitution shall be deemed to have come into effect on the 22nd day of November 1996.

THE CONSTITUTION OF WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY


ARTICLE 1: NAME
The society shall be called WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY

ARTICLE II: SITUATION
The registered office is at National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD), Abuja and shall not be changed except by a special resolution of the general meeting of the Society.

ARTICLE III: AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The purposes for which the society is established are as follows:
1.    To advance the science of pharmacology and allied sciences in all its ramifications.
2.    To set, improve and maintain the highest professional and ethical standard among its members and other practitioners of the science of pharmacology.
3.    To liaise, co-operate and interact with other similar national or international bodies.
4.    To further, strengthen and promote the above objectives by publishing relevant books, journals, and newsletters for circulation among its members’ practitioners of pharmacology and other interested individuals and bodies.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
A.    The society shall have the following categories of members:
1.    Regular Members
2.    Honorary members
3.    Sustaining Members
4.    Emeritus / Retired Members
5.    Corporate Associates
6.    Affiliate Members
7.    Student Members / Fellows
8.    Life Members

1.    Regular Members
(a)    Regular members shall be persons actively engaged in the practice of pharmacology or a very closely related science in the West African Sub-region
(b)    Any qualified investigator who has conducted and published a meritorious original investigation in pharmacology shall be eligible for membership in the society.
2.    Honorary Members
(a)    Distinguished scientists of any country who are not members of the society and who have contributed to the advancement of pharmacological science shall be eligible for proposal as honorary members of the society.
(b)    Honorary members shall be persons elected into such membership upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee in recognition of any outstanding contribution to the advancement of pharmacology or a related discipline particularly within     West Africa.
(c)    Their nomination and election shall follow the rules prescribed for regular members. They shall have the privileges of members but are not subject to annual assessment.
3.    Sustaining Members
Any members of the society may contribute to the support of the society, sums in excess of the annual assessment. These members shall be recognized appropriately by the Executive Committee.

4.    Emeritus/ Retired Members
Any member of the society who has been a member for 30 years or who has retired because of health problems or age may, upon approval of the Executive Committee be relieved from paying the annual assessment while retaining the privileges of membership.
5.    Corporate Associates
Any firm, association, Corporation, Institution or subdivision thereof may be invited by the president of the society to become a corporate Associate for the purpose of supporting the society. A Corporate Associate shall be a non-voting member of the society.
6.    Affiliate Associates
Any qualified person who is engaged in the study of problem in Pharmacology but does not meet requirements for regular membership may be eligible for affiliate membership, which shall be non-voting. Affiliate members may later be proposed for regular membership upon meeting the requirements.
7.    Student Members/Fellows
People who either are enrolled in professional graduate or doctoral programmes or are current post-doctoral investigators but not yet qualified for regular or affiliate membership may be considered for Student/Fellow members may be proposed later for regular or affiliate membership upon meeting the requirements. No individual may remain in the student/Fellow membership for more than 7 years.
8.    Life Members
A.    Life members shall be ordinary members who have 15 years annual subscription in one or two installments.
B.    Membership Committee:
1.    There shall be a membership Committee vested with the responsibility of screening all membership applications and making recommendations on membership to the Executive Committee or the general house as the Executive Committee shall from time to time determine.
2.    Application forms for ordinary membership shall be obtained from the General Secretary and the society at a general meeting shall elect members from the list proposed by the Membership Committee.
C.    Annual Dues:
1.    Every regular member shall pay an annual subscription as shall from time to time be fixed by the general house. No member shall be entitled to any of the privileges of the society, until the subscription is paid.
2.    The annual subscription shall be paid on the 1st of January. Any member who has not paid his subscription within twenty eight days after it has become due shall be considered in arrears and if the amount due be not paid within twenty-eight days of his becoming in arrear he shall cease to be a member.
D.    Termination of Membership:
1.    A member may at any time resign from the society by giving the general secretary a three months notice in writing of his desire to do so.
2.    The Executive Committee may expel from membership any member guilty of misconduct rendering him unfit in their opinion to be a member of the society. PROVIDED that before expelling him, the society shall call upon the member to explain his/her conduct.


ARTICLE V: OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1.    OFFICERS
(a)    There shall be established for the society, the following officers:
i.    President
ii.    Vice-President
iii.    General Secretary
iv.    Asst. General Secretary
v.    Treasurer
vi.    Editor
vii.    Associate Editor
(b)    Only regular members shall be eligible for election into any of the offices of the society.

2.    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(a)    There shall be an Executive Committee of the society consisting of all the officers and seven non-official members, however that one each of such non-official members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee from every individual country which has members in the society.
(b)    The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the day to day running of the affairs of the society.
(c)    The Executive Committee shall carry into effect all the provisions of this constitution and all directives, orders, acts or duties, which the general house may from time to time recommend or approve.
(d)    Notwithstanding the above provisions of this article, the Supreme Authority and power to make rules and regulations of the society shall rest with the general house at its annual or general house at its annual or general meetings.
(e)    The Executive Committee may carry out its functions directly or indirectly by delegation to a committee or to a person or persons as it may deem fit.

3.    DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Each officer shall exercise all functions naturally and conveniently arising from the incidental to his office in addition to performing any duty which may be assigned to him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house and specifically the following duties:
a.    The President
He shall be the society’s Chief Executive and shall preside at all meetings of the society. He shall direct, control and co-ordinate other members of the Executive Committee and formulate policies with other executives. The President shall endorse minutes of every meeting after they have been read by the General Secretary and adopted by the general house. He shall be a signatory to all the society’s accounts. He shall have powers to summon emergency meetings. He shall serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees.
b.    The Vice-President
He shall deputize for the President in his absence and carry out any other assignment given him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
c.    The Secretary General
The General Secretary shall head the secretariat and co-ordinate all the secretarial activities of the society. He shall have custody of all official documents. He shall record all minutes of the shortcomings. He shall perform all other functions as may be assigned to him by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
d.    The Assistant Secretary General
He shall deputize for the secretary-General in his absence and carry out any other functions he may be assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the general house.
e.    The Treasurer
The treasurer shall keep all monies received by the society and shall pay the same into the society’s accounts within 24 hours of receipt. He shall be the custodian of the society’s account passbook and shall produce the same at every general meeting for inspection. He shall always keep an impress account as directed by the Executive Committee.
f.    The Editor
He shall take charge of co-coordinating the Society’s publications, collect, collate and assemble articles and papers for publication and distribution on behalf of the society.

g.    The Associate Editor
He shall deputize for the Editor in his absence and carry on any other assignments he may assigned, by the President, Executive Committee or the general house.

4.    THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IS FURTHER VESTED WITH POWER:-
(I)    To manage and superintend the affairs of the society and act in the name on behalf of the society.
(II)    To constitute standing committees as may be necessary for the effective discharge of its      duties. The executive committee also has power to constitute Ad-hoc Committee to deal with special matters as may from time to time arise.
(III)        The Executive Committee shall appoint the chairman of such Committee provided on single person shall hold more than two separate chairmanship posts.
(IV)    Subject to the provisions of this constitution and any other regulating rules and guidelines    hereunder made the operation of the committees shall be regulated by any such modus operandi as may otherwise be adopted by such committees.
(V)    The Executive Committee may exercise all its powers to appoint and transfer thereto, the management of the society’s affairs to a management Secretary and such other personnel as it may deem necessary for the effective conduct of the business of the society and for the purpose of running a functional secretariat under such terms and conditions as may contracted.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS
1.    The offices is listed on Article 5 shall be filled by and election to be conducted by a Returning Officer recommended by the out-going Executive Committee and approved by the general house.
2.    Elections into every contestable office shall be secret ballot.
3.    Every elected officer shall hold office for 3 years.
4.    An incumbent officer may seek re-election or be eligible to stand for another term provided he did not hold that particular office previously for more than two terms.
5.    Every registered financial member shall the right to vote and be voted for at any election.

ARTICLE VII: BOARD TO TRUSTEES
1.    The society shall have constituted a governing body of not more than seven members into the Board of Trustees.
2.    The Board as constituted above shall be known as ‘’THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF THE WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY’’
3.    Subject to the provision of ARTICLE V (3) (a) and VII (9) of this Constitution, any registered member of the society may be elected as a Trustee provided such a person elected shall contest any of the elective offices of the society during is Trusteeship.
4.    A Trustee shall hold office for life except he resigns or is removed from office for gross misconduct by at least 2/3 majority of members present at as general meeting and eligible to vote.
5.    A Trustee may however cease to hold office if:
(a)    He is so disqualified by the operation of law.
(b)    He resigns his office by notice in writing to the Executive Committee.
(c)     He cease to be a member of the society, and
(d)    A resolution removing him from office is passed at a general meeting of the society by a two-thirds majority vote of members present and voting.
6.    The Board shall apply to the Registrar of Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap. 59 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.
7.    The Board shall meet at least twist in a year and as regularly as may be directed by the Executive Committee.
8.     The Board shall its discretion appoint its own chairman and prescribe its own regulatory rules as may be expedient.
9.    Both the president and secretary of the society shall be required to attend all meetings of the Board unless as otherwise so directed by the Board. These two officers shall not exercise any voting right there at.
10.    The Secretary of the society, shall also serve as the Board’s Secretary in the absence of the president or if the Executive Committee so directs.
11.    All properties of the society; moveable or immovable shall be vested in the Board.
12.    The Board shall have powers to lease, acquire, hold and otherwise deal in trust all landed properties of the society.
13.    The Board shall have a Common Seal to be kept in the custody of the Secretary of the society which shall be produced when required for use by the Board.
14.    All documents to be executed by the Board shall be signed by the President of the society and at least on Trustee (preferably the chairman).
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS
1.    The business of the society shall be conducted at general meetings, emergence general meetings, Executive Committee meetings and special Committee meetings.
2.    General meeting shall be held annually.
3.    The quorum for every meeting shall be one-third of its registered financial members present.
4.    Voting shall be show of hand.


ARITCLE IX: FINANCE AUDIT
1.    The society shall derive its funds from dues, subscriptions levies, donations, grants, gifts and loads and by any other means which the general house shall approve.
2.     The society shall maintain bank accounts with Union Bank of Nigeria PLC, First Bank of Nigeria PLC, or United Bank for Africa.
3.     The president, General Secretary and Treasurer shall be signatories to the Society’s account.
4.    The funds of the society shall not be loaned to any-one.
5.    There shall be a finance committee consisting of seven members of the society of which the Treasurer shall be the chairman who shall keep proper accounts of the society’s finances.
6.    The society shall appoint auditors to audit the accounts of the society at the end of each financial year and for his purpose, December shall be the year ending.

ARTICLE X: AMENMENT
The constitution may be amended by one-third majority votes of the general house present and voting at a general meeting.
ARTICLE XI CITATION
This Constitution shall be cited as the CONSTITUTION OF THE WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOLOGY
                                                                         ARTICLE XII: COMMENCEMENT
This Constitution shall be deemed to have come into effect on the 22nd day of November 1996.