–Donates 18- Seater Bus to OAUTH
The Chairman, Geneith Pharmaceutical Limited, Chief Emmanuel Umenwa, has commended the selflessness and passion of the outgoing Pharmacy Director, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Pharm. Taiwo Olumuyiwa Ogundipe, as he bowed out of office recently. Describing him as an epitome of humility and a worthy leader, Umenwa, said the rear qualities of the amiable pharmacist has endeared the Pharmacy Department of OAUTH to his company for support.
He made the remarks at the Send Forth Ceremony organised in honour of Pharm.Ogundipe, who retired as director and head of the Department of Pharmacy, OAUTH, on 27 January, at the Small Auditorium. Umenwa, who was represented by Pharm. Emeka Nwachukwu at the ceremony, revealed how their relationship with the outgoing HOD has yielded great results, which has compelled them to support the Pharmacy Department of the teaching hospital with an 18- seater bus.
“Aside from identifying with Pharm. Ogundipe, whom we have found him to be a selfless and passionate leader is also part of our corporate social responsibility to the society and to the Institution, in particular, so we found a need in the department in the form of a gap, and we decided to meet that need. The hospital pharmacists are in the same sector where we do our business, so whatever we do for them in the name of CSR cannot be in vain,” he said.
He added that the donation was the company’s way of meeting some of the challenges of the institution, and also to further improve their delivery, especially in terms of mobility and convenience, saying the era of waiting endlessly for approval from the Institution management to get a bus is over as the donated bus has come to fill that gap.
Speaking in the same vein, Pharm. Martins Oyewole, former national chairman, AHAPN, and current national internal auditor, PSN, described Pharm. Ogundipe as an icon as far as the institution is concerned, saying his tenure as the head of the pharmacy department was filled with landmark achievements as well as tremendous progress.
He mentioned that the donated bus by Geneith Pharma in his honour, as a good testament to his leadership acumen and selfless leadership, was well deserved, saying he always put the interest of the department above his own. “As he attained the age of 60 and proceeds on mandatory retirement, we wish him success in his future endeavours”.
In his contribution, Femi Oshati, business development consultant, Geneith Pharm, described the donation and partnership with OAUTH as a worthy cause, saying the firm is looking forward to many more partnerships that revolve around the healthcare of Nigerians.
According to him, Geneith is in business, so it basically came to give back to the hospital with which it had enjoyed a good relationship and as well create room for a continuous relationship. “Several times, we see these highly resourceful professionals struggling to move around, either to attend events or sometimes emergencies, so we found out they have logistics challenge, and we have come to fill that gap”, he said.
Receiving the key to the new bus, the outgoing director and head of the department, Pharm. Ogundipe who was full of smiles, thanked Geneith for the gesture while assuring that the vehicle would be used for the purpose for which it was donated, while the ongoing relationship with the relationship would be sustained and maintained.
“Relationship is a continuum, so I am assuring you on behalf of my successor that the relationship will continue for a long time, and I also thank the management of Geneith, especially the chairman for believing in me by donating this precious gift in my honour to the pharmacy department and Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists (AHAPN), in particular,” he said.
Receiving the key from the outgoing director, the duo of the incoming director and head of the pharmacy department, Pharm. (Mrs) Abosede Esther Ibikunle, and branch chairman, AHAPN, OAUTH, Pharm. Olusanya Aluko, reiterated the readiness of the Institution to take the relationship to a higher level, saying the good relationship will continue and become stronger.
While noting that the bus came at the right time, the duo described the donated bus as a laudable project, noting that even though the request was made to the management of Geneith Pharmaceuticals, they were surprised that it was approved at the right time and was delivered when they least expected it.
“As an institution, as well as an association, we attend conferences, seminars, meetings, both far and near, and we do have emergencies that require us to take a bus, which has been difficult in the past, but henceforth, it will be easier. We, therefore, call on other organizations in their class to emulate the good gesture”
The occasion was graced by some members of the management team of Geneith Pharmaceuticals, which included, Pharm. Emeka Nwachukwu, deputy general manager; Pharm. Simeon Okechukwu, assistant general manager; Pharm. (Mrs) Judith Udeh, product manager and Femi Oshati, business development consultant, and officials of OAUTH.