Shalina Lauds Major Distributors, Optimistic of Better Deals

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L-R: Mr Arun Raj, chief commercial officer, Shalina Healthcare West Africa; Alhaja Morufat Musa, MD, Ajipharm Biz-Link Limited; and Mrs Opeyemi Akinyele, MD, Shalina Healthcare Nigeria, at the Shalina Business Conference, held at Festival Hotel, Festac, Lagos.

In a bid to consolidate on existing mutual relationship as well as improve on the success stories of the organisation in the last financial year, a leading multinational company, Shalina Healthcare has celebrated its key distributors for their continued loyalty over the years.

Speaking in Lagos on Thursday at the meeting with the company’s business partners across the country to mark the end of the financial year with the theme: “Driving growth through strong business partnerships”, Arun Raj, the chief commercial officer, Shalina Healthcare West Africa, noted that the major distributors are the main force behind its business growth.

He further noted that through the efforts of the business partners, the company had become one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical companies in Africa, adding that though the last business year had shown to be one of the most difficult for business in recent times, saying the company was able to weather the storm through the support and resilience of our major distributors.

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“The last business year has shown to be a tough time, especially for the industry, with a leading brand of about sixty years in Nigeria leaving the country, but we are assuring everyone that, despite all economic issues, Shalina continues to believe Nigeria”, he said.

He continued, “We are committed to providing available and affordable quality health products. It will interest many people that the company had a 19 per cent volume growth in the last financial year. Though it may be below our expectations, considering the economic realities of the last year, it is a good development”.

Speaking in the same vein, Mrs Opeyemi Akinyele, managing director of Shalina Healthcare, Nigeria, said “The purpose of the event is to refresh, appraise and evaluate the last financial year for the company to forge ahead and make more impacts. “The last business year has been the survival of the fittest in the business world, but here we are today with successful stories”.

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In his remarks, Folorunso Alaran, corporate marketing head of the company, appreciated the business partners who are the major distributors across the country, saying the success stories of the company can't be completed without them.

Meanwhile, in their various responses and feedback, some of the business partners commended the company for the job well done in the outgone financial year and also made recommendations and suggestions for the company to grow bigger and higher in the upcoming new financial year.

Alh. Rasheed Adetoro of The Will of God Multipurpose Ventures, Shaki, Oyo State and Tochukwu Agu of Atidam Pharmaceutical Limited, Lagos among other partners were unanimous in congratulating the company for a successful financial year saying “the reward for a good job is more good jobs”.

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One of the high points of the event was the presentation of the “Distributor Excellence Awards” to its outstanding business partners.

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