As part of its vision to meet up with the federal government’s mega distribution policy, and increasing demands from multinational and local pharmaceutical companies, World Wide Commercial Ventures Limited (WWCVL) officially commissioned its warehouse in Abuja, following the completion of expansion work at the facility.
The colourful inauguration ceremony, which took place at Gwarinpa area of the federal capital territory recently, has Santosh Kumar, managing director, World Wide Commercial Ventures; Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Pharm. (Mrs) Emily Olalere, zonal director, PCN; Baba Shehu Ahmed, director of Planning, Research and Statistics, PCN and other personalities in attendance.
WWCVL started operations at the Abuja warehouse facility in 2012 with a total storage area of 5000 Square Feet. With completion of expansion work in September 2018, the total storage area was doubled to 10,000 Square Feet.
Speaking with Pharmanews, Pharm. Lucky Ubokor, superintendent pharmacist of the company expressed delight at the development.
“The idea is to provide another location in Abuja where WWCVL can use as a hub. For instance, in Lagos, Matori is the central warehousing facility where all our import and local purchases are shipped into. It is from here that we distribute to other satellite centres across the country.
“We decided to position Abuja as a hub for the Northern region so as to bring the products closer to customers in that particular area. Beyond that, it is also in line with new mega distribution policy which is expected to take off any moment from January 2019,” he said.
Ubokor disclosed that the expanded facility has all the GDP requirements, fire detector & safety equipment, CCTV, rodent traps, exocutors to guard against flying insects, cooling systems, good warehouse-keeping practices (as practiced in all WWCVL locations), temperature and humidity monitors as well as every modern feature expected in a facility of such magnitude.
According to the pharmacist, Gwarinpa warehouse was basically upgraded to accommodate many of WWCVL’s principals in Abuja with the hope of increasing capacity and having more warehousing space.
“That was why we got the additional space and modified it to pharma grade. So it is more like an additional capacity.
“Our long term vision is to maintain good distribution practice to satisfy the need of clients as well as the vision of the federal government on drug distribution policy. It is to the North what Lagos is to the South,” he emphasized.
WWCVL houses many great companies such as GSK Pharma, Pfizer, GSK Consumer, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Danone, Sanofi, Pfizer, Merck , Neimeth, Drugfield , Gemini, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Sandoz, Strides, Roche, Getz Pharma, Shalina Healthcare and Pharmadeko.