- As Atueyi says foundation not all-comers affair
The duo of Prince Lere Baale, director of Business School Netherland and Pharm. Adesanmi Popoola, managing director of Reals Pharmaceuticals Limited were among eight career personalities inducted into the distinguished fellowship of Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON).
The colourful induction and investiture ceremony held at the Hotel Victoria Palace, Victoria Island, Lagos on May 10, 2018 attracted technocrats, captains of industries and other career professionals from all walks of life.
Aside the two eminent Fellows of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the remaining inductees included Mr Lateef Bakare (chartered accountant); Mr Saheed Animashaun (estate surveyor); Abiodun Oshinibosi (experiential marketer); Dr Atilade Oshoniyi (civil engineer); Olufemi George (sales training facilitator) and Olusegun Oyeyemi (chartered accountant).
Addressing the audience, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, member, Board of Trustees (BOT) congratulated the newly inducted Fellows reiterating that PEFON is not an all-comers affairs.
“As the name implies, PEFON is strictly a gathering of professionals where we select the right people to maintain the integrity of the foundation. It is not a platform for the usual businessmen and women but for those who truly merited it,” he said.
Sir (Dr) ‘Dipo Bailey, founder of the Foundation, seemed to be in agreement with him when he declared that PEFON aims to bring professionals at one table.
“We are not talking about carpenters, tailors, stylists and the rest. Today, we have pharmacists, insurance gurus, medical experts, chartered accountants, estate surveyors and others with proven track records in our midst.
“We are also grooming young professionals to take over because we would not be here forever. There was a time when Nigeria was revered all over the world. We are aiming to bring back the glory of that golden era,” he stressed.
Some Distinguished Fellows of the Foundation today include Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, chairman, PEFON Board of Trustees; Pharm. Ahmed I.Yakasai, president of PSN; Dr (Mrs) Stella Okoli, chairman, Emzor Pharmaceuticals; Dr John Nwaiwu, chief executive officer of JB Pharmaceuticals Limited; Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, managing director of Drugfield Pharmaceuticals; Sir Nnamdi Obi, managing director, Embassy Pharmaceuticals; Pharm. Uche Nwana, managing director, Sylken Pharmacy; Dr Nelson Uwaga, former PSN president and president of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).