Why Christian Pharmacists Fellowship Shuns Company Banners, Product Ads

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Pharm. Adeshina Opanubi, secretary, Lagos chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN) has explained the reason the body has stopped accommodating placement of banners, exhibition of company products and adverts insertion in its programme.

Speaking at CPFN 8th annual business outreach which took place Wednesday at Onigbagbo House, Ikeja, Lagos, Opanubi disclosed that he knows new members of the fellowship may be wondering why the body is not taking advantage of the advertisement opportunities open to it.

“We had to put a stop to that because that was not part of the set objectives of the visioner, Sir Ike Onyechi (managing director of Alpha Pharmacy) has from the outset. The truth is, if we have to keep accommodating company ads, banners and adverts in programme as a means to raise fund, it is no longer a gathering of God’s people.

L-R:Pharm. Oghenechuko Omaruaye, president, CPFN ,Lagos chapter; Sir Ike Onyechi, managing director of Alpha Pharmacy: and Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, chief executive officer, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals at the event.

“How then has CPFN been raising fund? Simple! It is through people like you and I. There are times we receive bank alerts from anonymous donors who feel blessed to be associated with fellowship and we will be wondering they are,” he noted.

Although he remarked that the fellowship keeps increasing in numbers each year, hosting breakfast event of such magnitude costs close to a million naira.

In attendance were Mr Magnus Maduka, pastor in-charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 64 and presenter of Inspire Africa weekly radio broadcasts; Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, chief executive officer, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals; Pharm Abiola Paul-Ozieh, chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and Pharm. Margaret Obono, head of pharmacy, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi.

Others were Pharm. Oghenechuko Omaruaye, president, CPFN (Lagos chapter); Pharm. Abimbola Adebakin, chief executive officer, Advantage Health Africa and Pharm. Cornelius Nmanze, vice president, CPFN.

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