– As Emzor holds annual thanksgiving dinner
The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Dr (Mrs) Stella Okoli, founder and group managing director, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, and other notable personalities have enjoined Nigerians to cultivate the habit of being gratitude to God through thanksgiving, adding that thanksgiving is a way of encouraging God to do more.
The respected pharmacist and PSN boss gave the charge recently while delivering the opening address during the 2019 Emzor Group 15th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner which took place at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
While calling on Nigerians to emulate the enviable personality and lifestyle of the company’s founder, Dr Stella Okoli by inculcating the habit of giving thanks to God always and by engaging in charitable initiatives which add values to people’s lives, Ohuabunwa, who was the chairman of the occasion said that the Emzor boss had become a role model to many in the society.
“The woman we have all come to celebrate and appreciate God with today is not just an ordinary woman, but a virtuous woman, loving mother, caring leader, a mentor, a role model to many, a pharmacist of repute and an unrepentant thanks giver. So, I am delighted to be here today and celebrate with her and the entire Emzor team,” he said
Speaking further, Ohuabunwa described Okoli as a detribalized Nigerian, a lover of peace and an advocate of peaceful Nigeria, adding that the country needs more people like her to progress as a nation. “One thing I have discovered about Dr Stella Okoli is that she is a wise woman who understands the power of thanksgiving, and she does it unpretentiously. So I respect her for this and I pray that God will grant her good health and peace of mind to celebrate more years”.
In her opening remarks, Emzor’s founder and Group Managing Director, Dr Okoli noted that the reason she exhibited happiness always was because she sees hope where many see challenges and obstacles. According to her, Emzor’s success story had divine backing, adding that the company strives to take a giant stride every year.
Speaking further, Okoli charges Nigerians to continue leaving a life of gratitude to God in any situation, adding that it is good to be hopeful in whatever situation one is passing through.
She further explained that the annual dinner is an opportunity to worship, honour and give thanks to God for His faithfulness.
Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited is a wholly private indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturing group founded in 1984 by Dr Stella C. Okoli, OON. The company is into the manufacturing of high quality pharmaceutical products and medical consumables. Its holding company, Emzor Chemists Limited opened for retail business in January 1977 in Yaba, Lagos.
The rapid growth of the retail business encouraged Emzor Chemists Limited to venture into the importation and wholesale of assorted pharmaceuticals. The idea to manufacturing locally came later and this was predicated on the need to develop local capability, create jobs and provide high quality pharmaceutical products and services to the Nigerian people at prices that are not only affordable but represent value.
Towards the end of the programme, a handful of guests also used the opportunity to congratulate and shower accolades on the Emzor boss with musician on ground to ignite the ceremony.
Others in attendance at the occasion were, Her Excellency, Mrs Paulen Tallen, former deputy governor, Plateau State and Minister of Women Affairs; Wife of the Governor, Lagos State, Her Excellency, Dr Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Chief (Mrs) Sarah Adebisi Sosan, former deputy governor, Lagos State; Chief (Mrs) Bola Obasanjo, wife of the former president; Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, represented by Hon. Princess Abiodun Elegushi Anifalaje; Prof. Anya O. Anya, father of the day; Chief (Mrs) Oprah Benson, Yeye Oge of Lagos; Mr Emeka Okoli, chairman, Emzor Group; Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Director General, NAFDAC, represented by Dr Monica Hemben-Eimunjeze, NAFDAC’s director of registration and regulatory affairs, among others.