…Presents a congratulatory plaque on his 90th birthday
As a way of advancing their mutual relationship of many years, and also to celebrate the Therapeutic Laboratories Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Joginder Singh Lalvani at 90, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited, recently led a delegation of the company’s management team to pay a courtesy visit to the nonagenarian and the Therapeutic Laboratories Nigeria Limited team.
The courtesy visit, which took place at the Therapeutic Laboratories Nigeria Limited head office, Maryland, Lagos, had in attendance, Mr Joel Omikunle, business manager, Pharmanews Limited; Mr Yusuff Moshood, editor; Mr Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis, senior correspondent, and Mr Adebayo Oladejo, a senior reporter in attendance.
Explaining the reason for the visit, Sir Atueyi said it was to show appreciation for the continued support of Therapeutic Laboratories over the years, especially in the aspect of advert placements in the Pharmanews Journal for close to 30 years. He also noted that it was to felicitate with the Therapeutic boss on his 90th birthday, while he prayed that God grants him strength and grace to celebrate more years in life.
Atueyi, who described the visit as a very significant one, being his second time to the company, said the first visit was several years ago. He said he was also there to learn from the nonagenarian, the secret of attaining such an old age.
In his response, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Therapeutic Laboratories Nigeria Limited, Baba Joginder Lalvani, as he is fondly called, expressed his delight for the second visit of the Pharmanews boss and his team to the company.
Reminiscing on his entrance into Nigeria about 40 years ago, the Indian industrialist narrated how his first experience of a major military coup in the country that toppled the government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon and brought in late Gen. Murtala Muhammed, never gave him a hope of staying so long in Nigeria. He was however surprised about how he was able to subdue his fears, and still living in the country till date, after four decades.
He therefore advised the Federal Government to encourage local pharmaceutical manufacturers in the country, through favourable policies that would promote their businesses and sustain them in the sector.
Other top officials of Therapeutic Laboratories Nigeria Limited at the event were: Mr Rajan Lalvani, executive director; Mrs Rhoda Oladipo, marketing manager, OTC; and Pharm. Felicia Oladimeji, superintendent pharmacist and head of the factory.