Prof. Oluwakanyinsola Salawu

Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


The idea of establishing the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was first conceived in 2006 by the then Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji (Dr) Danjuma Goje. Preparations for the establishment of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gombe State University, commenced in April 2010, first with an invitation to an inauguration of five member committee drawn from Faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Maiduguri, representative from Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) and Directorate of State Pharmaceutical Services, Bauchi. The following were at the first meeting of Professionals in the field of Pharmacy
1. Professor Magaji Garba Chairman(ABU)
2.Professor K.S Gamaliel Member(UNIMAID)
3. Dr I.V Emenike Member (Director, Pharm Serv., Bauchi)
4. Dr M.A Usman Member (ABU)
5. Pharm. Usman D. Sambo Member(PCN)
6. Hafiz Muhammad Secretary(Gombe State University)
The professional committee was requested to do the following. i. Produced a detailed curriculum at each level
ii. Advise on courses to be taken at each level
iii. Advise on strategies for staffing and staff development and organogram
iv. Produced a standard list of equipment needed for teaching and research
v. Produce a list of publications for general reference, exit, journals and e-resource for the library
vi. Advise on accreditation requirements and strategies
vii. Any other matter, deemed relevant to the successful take-off and establishment of the programme
The committee started deliberations immediately, and on Friday 23rd April, 2010, the committee reconvened and received inputs from its members and deliberated on them further. It submitted its reports to the then Vice-Chancellor,Prof. Abdullahi Mahdi, CON ; with executive presentation by the Chairman of the committee, the Dean then, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences ABU Zaria. After the submission of report, its implementation commenced immediately by offering admissions to thirty (30) pioneer B. Pharm. Students to 100 level through JAMB in 2010/2011 Academic Session. An Ag. Dean, Dr B.B Maiha, from Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ABU Zaria) assumed duty on Sabbatical Leave, with five permanent staff (Academic), and six Visiting Staff, cut across all the Departments of the Faculty, all from Ahmadu Bello University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Similarly, the second set of students, fifteen in numbers (15), were admitted in 2011/2012 Academic Session, with increased number of both permanent staff to thirteen (13), and visiting to eleven (11), Three (3) Technologists and four (4) Assistant Technologists in the laboratories were recruited. Two Administrative staff, Jamila Boyi, as Faculty Officer, and Mal. Ahmed A. Muhammad, as secretary to the Dean were deployed to the Faculty. Following the admission of the two sets of students, the University invited the National University Commission (NUC) for resource verification visit and advice. The NUC team visited the Faculty in response to the request in October, 2013. After the visit, NUC wrote a report of advice to the University of the need to have additional staff of senior lecturer and above. Concerted efforts were made by the Government of Gombe State led by the present Governor and Visitor to the University, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, OON together with the management of Gombe State University by employing full-time senior staff into the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This resulted in NUC giving the University the permission to start the B. Pharm. with Prof Barnabas K. Toge as the then Dean.

Philosophy of the Bachelor Pharmacy Program

The philosophy of the Pharmacy program is to produce well-educated graduates and trained professionals for a wide range of scientific, professional and managerial functions, which best serve the needs of the community with sufficient adaptability to meet the demands of a changing health care delivery system. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply Pharmaceutical and Biomedical knowledge to problems of drug therapy related to patient care. Students will become aware of the broader social content of health care and use of medicines in order to encourage the concept of Pharmaceutical care within the health care delivery system. The ultimate goal is to produce graduate practitioners with knowledge, skills and motivation to contribute meaningfully to proper patient care, public health, teaching, research and local drug production. The programme, which is based on an internationally competitive curriculum, will be able to increase the necessary knowledge and man power that is required to achieve excellence in Pharmacy education and mitigate the deplorable drug situation in the country on the long term.

Our Motto

Pharmaceutical Training and Research for Mankind


To pursue excellence in Pharmacy education through learning, research and quality community services.

Mission Statement

To train students to develop competence in Pharmacy education and Pharmacy practice for the development and delivery of quality Pharmaceutical services.

Core Values

  •  To inculcate:
  •   Integrity: -as the hallmark of our staff and students.
  •  Respect for persons.
  •  Trust: - to be trusted by the society and each other.
  •  Equity and fairness:-respect other people’s point of view.
  •  Good governance:- documentation and justification of our actions

Aims and Objectives of the Bachelors of Pharmacy Program

  •  The ultimate aim of the program is to produce Pharmacy Practitioners with knowledge, skills and motivation to provide Pharmaceutical Services. The skills are to be sufficient enough to compete with pharmacists all over the world. The specific objectives are as follows:
  •   Instill in the students a sense of appreciation of the Pharmacy profession and involve them in intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and study.
  •  Instill in the student the dynamic value of the Pharmacy profession, which makes life-long learning a necessity.
  •  Develop in the student the ability to apply Pharmaceutical knowledge in Health Care Delivery System.
  •  Provide to the student a broad and balanced foundation in all areas of Pharmaceutical knowledge.
  •   Provide students with Pharmaceutical knowledge and skills to identify and solve drug related problems. The knowledge includes Human and Veterinary related drug therapeutic problems.
  •   Provide students with adequate knowledge and appropriate skills from which they can proceed to acquire more knowledge in specialized areas of Pharmacy.