Celebrates Newly Appointed Company MDs at 2019 CEOs’ Forum
The quest of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) to tackle the problem of infrastructural deficit for pharmaceutical manufacturing through the establishment of pharmaceutical industrial parks has received a big boost. The Anambra State Government has announced its readiness to provide the land needed for the project in Anambra State as well engage NAIP on how to provide the needed infrastructure for the park.
Speaking at the 2019 CEOs Forum organised by NAIP, held at Radison Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, last Tuesday, Dr Vincent Okpala, commissioner for health, Anambra State pledged the support of Anambra State government for the project and assured the chief executive officers (CEOs) of pharmaceutical companies present at the event of the support of the Anambra State Governor.
Speaking further at the event chaired by Pharm. (Sir) Nnamdi Obi, managing director, Embassy Pharma & Chem. Limited, Dr Okpala stated that all issues concerning the required infrastructure can be solved, noting that what is needed to make the pharmaceutical park project a success was the support of all the stakeholders.
In his remarks, Sir Nnamdi Obi urged all the CEOs to embrace the pharmaceutical park initiative, noting that they have to work for the positive change they desire in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and not depend on or wait for government.
The chairman, while bemoaning the harsh operating environment for manufacturing in Nigeria stated further that considering the pledge of the Anambra State government that it will support the initiative as reflected in not just the presence of the commissioner but his message at the occasion, the CEOs should take advantage of this opportunity and collectively work towards making the project a success.
Also speaking at the event, Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, NAIP stated that the Pharma Park would significantly help reduce the cost of production and help ensure locally produced medicines are competitive, noting that companies at the park would be able to share infrastructure that they would have had to single handedly provide in individual factories.
He disclosed further that the CEOs Forum was organised as a follow up to discussions that started during the national conference of NAIP held in Anambra State on how to productively disrupt processes in the pharmaceutical industry and take the pharma sector to the next level.
The event, he said was also to recognise six newly appointed CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry as well as get the buy-in of other CEOs for the pharmaceutical park project.
The new CEOs recognised by the NAIP at the event were: Pharm. (Sir) Valentine Ezeiru, MD/CEO, Oculus Pharmacare Limited; Pharm. Folake Odediran, general manager/country chair, Nigeria-Ghana for Sanofi; Pharm. Matthew Azoji, MD/CEO, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc; Pharm. Gbenga Falabi, MD/CEO, Tiptop Nigeria Limited; Pharm. Olakunle Oyelana MD/CEO, Glaxosmithkline Group and Pharm. Micheal Heavens, MD/CEO, Chan Medi-Pharm Limited/GTE.
The highlight of the event were the presentations from Prof. Chimezie Anyakorah on ‘NAIP proposal for the setting up of pharmaceutical hub in Nigeria and Dr. Obi Peter Adigwe who spoke on the ‘Likely impact of the AfCTA on the Nigeria pharmaceutical industry’.