Pharmacy Family Celebrate Ohuabunwa at 70

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Pharmacy Family Celebrate Ohuabunwa at 70
Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa

It was an evening of colourful tributes as pharmacists in Nigeria and beyond poured encomiums on their very own  Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN) who will turn seventy on 16 August, 2020. 

In a special event organised by the PSN and broadcast via zoom, the meritorious contributions of the PSN president to the Pharmacy profession and the Nigerian nation were brought to the fore.

Professor Lere Baale had reeled out the achievements of Mazi Ohuabunwa beginning with his exploits as an outstanding Pharmacy graduate of the University of Ife to his groundbreaking role in the successful management buy-out of Pfizer West Africa. 

Baale further gave a panoramic account of Ohuabunwa’s contributions to the Nigerian nation as he spearheaded the articulation and creation of various initiatives that impacted positively on the Nigerian socio-economic space. 

According to him, Mazi was instrumental to the creation of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group which he chaired for years. He also founded the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Forum, (NECA) and played active roles in both the Vision 2010 and Vision 2020 groups. Mazi is a worthy recipient of national honours of the federal republic of Nigeria.

These are aside the innumerable honours bestowed on him as a highflyer in the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry.

Past presidents of the PSN gave flowery accounts of Ohuabunwa’s heroic stewardship in the Pharmacy profession in Nigeria. 

Pharm. Anthony Akhimien said, “I encouraged Mazi to serve the PSN because I knew he had the capacity to add value as he was continually proving that with his boardroom exploits”.

According to Pharm. Azubuike Okwor, “Mazi should be president of Nigeria and not just the PSN because those who have been ruling Nigeria are not as good as he is. Nigerian pharmacists don’t know the caliber of person they have in Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa”.

For Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, “Mazi is one of the most colourful industrialists Nigeria has ever produced. He led a team of young and brilliant pharmacists to carry out the successful buy-out of a multinational company”.

Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), described Mazi thus: “Mazi is a man who is ready to pay the price for a course he believes in. He is always ready  to make sacrifices”.

Pharm. Kingsley Amibor, national chairman, Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) said, “Mazi addressed our challenges and gave us a strong sense of belonging with his inclusive leadership style. He brokered an harmonious working relationship among the various organisational units within the Pharmacy profession in Nigeria”.

Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) said, “Mazi has been like a solid pillar behind us. He has brought a fresh breath to the PSN.

Several monetary donations were made by dignitaries who graced the event for the launch of Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa’s book titled WIRED TO LEAD.

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