To show appreciation for their contributions to the growth of the company in the year 2012, Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited, a leading Pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria, which started its operations in the country in 1977, recently held a lavish dinner for its distributors.
At the event tagged “10th Annual Celebration” held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, the distributors were divided into seven categories, based on their performances. Meanwhile, the highest category was seven stars, which saw Mrs Elizabeth Tijani of Blossom Pharmacy, Kano, emerge as the star prize winner. Other star prizes included six stars, five stars, four stars, three stars, two stars and one star, respectively.
While making his presentation, Mr H. S. Arora, controller, sales and marketing, Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited, thanked the distributors for their support over the years and urged them not to relent in their efforts. He said that, despite the economic challenges in the northern part of the country, Ranbaxy has continued to grow.
“You are more than distributors to me and you are all my business partners. This function is holding today because of your unrelenting support, and on behalf of Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited, I sincerely appreciate your support, which saw us grow four per cent over our performance in 2011, and we believe, with your continuous support, we shall do better in 2013.
In his own remarks, Mr Gursharan Singh, the country manager, who expressed disappointment over last year’s performance which, according to him, only grew by four per cent over 2011, however, praised the unrelenting efforts of the distributors over the years. He added that despite the turbulent period, which the company went through in 2012, the distributors stood by the company.
“We grew by four per cent over 2011, and it is below our expectation. We, therefore, target more in 2013 and we believe that, with your support, we will grow together. What we need from you is to study us, observe our weak points and tell us how we can improve. We need your support, as much as you need ours, and we hope to grow by at least twenty per cent in this year, 2013.
Also speaking, Mr Dinesh Kapor, the managing director, Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited, said he was very delighted to be at the 10th annual distributors reward function, adding that this is the ninth annual function that he would be attending, since joining Ranbaxy, and that he was happy that the distributors and the Ranbaxy team are just like one family.
Meanwhile, earlier in his address, the Africa and Middle East Head, Mr Mahendra Bhadrawaj, disclosed that Nigeria is special in the heart of Ranbaxy and, as a result of this, the company is poised to make maximum investment in Nigeria and Africa, as a whole; saying that after South Africa, Nigeria would have the largest manufacturing facility from Ranbaxy.
Mrs Elizabeth Tijani, managing director, Blossom Pharmacy, spoke at the event, thanking Ranbaxy for showing appreciation for the contribution of the distributors to the growth of the company. She, therefore, urged them to keep up the good work and also urged her colleagues to continue relating with Ranbaxy.