- Founder charges members to be proud of the foundation
Pharm. Ike Ugwu, chief executive officer, Pharmacare Support Group, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, chairman, Champions Newspaper and nine other inductees has joined the growing list of distinguished Fellows of the prestigious Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON).
The body of professionals which has Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, managing director of Juli Plc as chairman, board of trustees aims to identify Nigerian professionals home and abroad who have excelled in their chosen field.
In attendance at the colourful induction ceremony which held at Hotel Victoria Palace (SMRDU) on August 17, 2017, were personalities such as captains of industries and career professionals.
Aside Pharm. Ugwu, the new Fellows included Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo and chairman, Champions Newspaper (represented by his daughter); Oladipo Okpeseyi, Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN); Barrister Olasheni Ibiwoye, Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN); Ismail Agaka, general manager, Social Security Development Department and Asiwaju Taofeek Adelekan, a seasoned insurance expert.
Others were Dr Bode Kalejaiye, former head of economic intelligence unit in the presidency; Toyin Emeordi, assistant general manager, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF); Barrister Oladele Ojogbede, chairman of Ojogbede Estates Limited; Engr. Chuka Ajene, managing director of Dexcel Global Resources Limited and Oluseyi Martins, ace broadcaster.
Welcoming the new inductees, Chief Oladipo Bailey, founder of the foundation charges them to be proud of the foundation by wearing its lapel everywhere they go.
“Some of us are happy when we meet at the airport or outside the shore of this country and see you donning it. In particular, I must say I am quite impressed with Sir (Ifeanyi) Atueyi fo showing such example,” he said.
In addition, Bailey declared that PEFON is about the only structure that aims to bring distinguished professionals from all walks under the same umbrella.
He stressed that aside giving special recognition to those who have excelled in chosen career, the body’s objectives also include raising scholarship fund to assist young ones become professionally qualified as well as identify those who, though are not professionals, have established conglomerates that have employed a large number of professionals.
While lamenting the level of discomfort and untold hardship brought about the economic recession in the country, the PEFON visioner encourages members not to give up on the country.
“All I can say is that there are better days ahead. I am presently going through trials myself. I cannot walk without the aid of a wheelchair. But very soon, I will be back on my feet again by the Grace of God,” he stressed.
The list of pharmacy professionals in the fold of PEFON fellowship included Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharm. Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited; Dr. (Mrs) Stella Okoli, chairman, Emzor Pharmaceuticals; Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, managing director of Juli Plc; Dr. Michael Oyebanjo Paul, chairman, Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited and Dr. Nelson Uwaga, past PSN president.
Others are Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, PSN national president; Sir. Nnamdi Obi, managing director of Embassy Pharmaceuticals, Pharm. Charles Akinsete, general manager of Juli Pharmacy and Pharm. Uche Nwana, managing director of Sylken Pharmaceuticals Limited.