FG appoints Okoli, Zagbayi, as chairman, NIPRD, NHIS respectively

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(By Temitope Obayendo)

The Federal government of Nigeria has appointed two fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, in persons of Pharm (Mrs) Stella Okoli, chief executive officer, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, as the chairman of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and Dr. Nuhu Zagbayi, as chairman of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The appointment which was done during the week was held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Following the development, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has hailed President Goodluck Jonathan on the appointment of the duo, stating that it is a right action taken towards the development of the group.

PSN in a statement signed by the president, Olumide Akintayo, said: “The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria wishes to convey its appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, on the appointment of Mrs. Okoli, chief executive officer of Emzor Pharmaceuticals as the Chairman of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development and Dr. Zagbayi, chairman of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

“These appointments of distinguished fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria are laudable and very well deserved.

“The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria wishes to assure His Excellency that these great Nigerians will take the respective organisations they lead to the next level in true pharmaceutical spirit.”

Akintayo, on behalf of PSN, in a letter of congratulations to Okoli and Zagbayi said: “I wish to congratulate you on behalf of the entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria on your recent appointment as chairman of the Governing Board of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).

“We pray to God to grant you the wisdom, knowledge and courage to lead the Board to enviable heights. Your impressive pedigree and antecedents confirm you will always succeed in running one of the most formidable organisations in Nigeria.

“Once more, we say congratulations. May your tenure continue to bring peace and progress”

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