HISTORY OF THE FACULTY
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.