-As NAIP parley on disruptive innovation for pharma sector at 22nd national conference
Distinguished Nigerians and leaders in the health sector among whom were Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP); Dr Joe Akabuike, commissioner for health, Anambra State and Pharm. I. K. Onyechi, MD/CEO, Alpha Pharmacy Limited have advocated for strategic innovations and new approach to transform the nation’s pharmaceutical industry for maximum growth.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Annual National Conference of NAIP on Thursday themed,” Disruptive Innovations: Unleashing The Nigerian Pharmaceutical Industry”, held at the Banquet Hall of Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, Anambra State, the leaders agreed that it is imperative for stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to begin to innovate and do things differently to transform the industry.
Delivering his opening remarks at the ceremony graced by NAIP members from all over the country, Ohuabunwa said that it was high time pragmatic steps are taken to transform the industry, noting that PSN is ready to work with NAIP and other stakeholders to change the narrative of the pharmaceutical industry.
The PSN helmsman while commending NAIP for its various industry initiatives and for consistently carrying the PSN along in its activities said he has mandated the PSN Research Documentation and Industry Liaison Committee, chaired by Dr Lolu Ojo to work with NAIP to fast track the process of implementing ideas that will transform the industry.
In his opening remarks at the colourful opening ceremony, Pharm. Anukwu said the NAIP conference was organised to discuss and come up with a work-plan that will enable the industry begin a strategic re-positioning in order to develop and produce more innovative and competitive products.
The NAIP boss stated that if this is achieved, the pharmaceutical industry will be able to contribute its contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of Nigeria and provide more medicines for local consumption while adding more value to her clientele.
Dr Joe Akabuike, the commissioner for health, Anambra State, who declared the NAIP conference opened while praising pharmacists for bringing the conference to the state said that the Anambra State Government was ready to provide the enabling environment for industrial growth. He disclosed that the state has almost finalised the process of creating an Industrial hub that will be provided with all needed infrastructures for industrial production as demanded by local pharmaceutical manufacturers.
He said he has personally taken up the challenge and assured NAIP and PSN leadership that the next announcement that will come from the state is that the industrial hub is ready for use. He urged the NAIP and other stakeholders that desire transformation in their sectors to always be ready to work with government to get things done, noting that without such collaboration, not much would be achieved.
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, group chairman/CEO, Juhel Nigeria Limited, who was represented by Pharm. (Sir) I. K. Onyechi , said that players in the pharmaceutical industry must know that there is no alternative to innovation if they want to save the industry. He noted that failure to innovate and change the way things are done in view of the present realities may lead to the death of the sector.
Sir Onyechi said what may even be needed is revolution and not just innovation, adding that innovation most times are not embraced willingly but as a way to stay afloat and survive. He charged stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to be ready to do what has not been done before if they really desire to get positive change they desire.
He commended NAIP for organising the conference, stating that he is willing and ready to invest in innovative ideas that can help take the industry to the next level.
Amongst the dignitaries at the opening ceremony were Dr Joe Odumodu, former director general, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alexander Uzo Onyido, Igwe Eze-Chuamagha of Ogidi Kingdom and Dr Chijioke Maxwell Ofomata, chairman Royale Pharmaceuticals/the Crown Prince of God’s Kingdom of Nanka.