Anukwu Affirms NAIP’s Commitment To Affordable Medicines
– As association inaugurates new executives
The Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) is committed to expanding access to quality pharmaceuticals to the teeming population of Nigeria, Pharm. Ignatius K. Anukwu, the new national chairman of NAIP, has said.
Anukwu made this submission while delivering his inaugural speech shortly after his inauguration as the 10th national chairman of NAIP, at a colourful ceremony held at Dover Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
He noted that the onus was on NAIP to help solve the problems of healthcare and healthcare commodity availability in the nation.
Speaking further at the event chaired by Prof. Fola Tayo, the new NAIP boss reiterated that in line with the association’s tradition of value delivery and social contract to Nigerians, it had taken on the responsibility to provide safe, quality and affordable medicines to the citizens.
Anukwu added that, under the new executives, NAIP would not only focus on enhancing the practice, career, and welfare of its members but equally execute its corporate social responsibility to the nation through the mobilisation of members and member companies, adding that the programmes of the association would be broad-based to ensure that all pharmacists within and outside the NAIP are happy to associate with the group.
He also revealed that the association, through its NAIP Satellite Pharmacy Initiative (SPI), intended to help intensify the fight against fake drugs by providing genuine medicines from its members to Nigerians.
Through this initiative, Anukwu explained, quality affordable products branded with NAIP Access would be sold in pharmacies operated in collaboration with Nigerian communities, especially up-country where counterfeit products are mostly sold.
The project, he said, required the support and blessings of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) and law enforcement agencies and would be operated in collaboration with the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in addition to massive public enlightenment.
The new NAIP boss while noting that the activities of the new executives would be hinged on the pillars of continuity, innovation and accountability, solicited for the support of captains of the pharmaceutical industry to enable the association achieve its goals.
Speaking earlier at the event, Pharm. ‘Gbenga Falabi, the immediate past national chairman of NAIP, thanked the executive members who worked with him for four years, as well as stakeholders in the pharma industry for their support.
Falabi said that he was gratified that his team was handing over a better NAIP than the one they took over when they assumed office.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. Fola Tayo urged members of NAIP and other Nigerians to work together to bail out the country from the present mentality of buying and selling, adding that the nation must grow the local drug manufacturing industry through a vibrant pharmaceutical policy.
Dignitaries at the event included past presidents of PSN, Pharm. Anthony Akhimien, Pharm. (Dr) UNO Uwaga and Pharm. Olumide Akintayo.
Others were Pharm. C. Mordi, chairman, PSN BOF; Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Dr Monica Eimunjeze, deputy director, NAFDAC; Dr Lolu Ojo and Pharm. Ade Popoola, past national chairman of NAIP; Pharm. Gbolagade Iyiola, national secretary, PSN; as well as Pharm. (Alhaji) Abass Sani Sambo, a fellow of the PSN.