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Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc appoints new MD/CEO

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Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc has appointed Pharm. Matthew Obi Azoji as its new Managing Director (MD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The company disclosed this in a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) today.

Pharm Azoji will resume his appointment as the company’s MD/CEO on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Pharm. Matthew Obi Azoji’s profile

Pharm. Azoji graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, where he obtained his B. Pharm (First Class Honours). He went on to obtain an MBA (Marketing) from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, and an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from the Lagos Business School; Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

He obtained certificates in Pharmaceutical Policy & Pharmacoeconomics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands (a WHO Collaborating centre), and went on to get his M.Sc. in Public health from the University of London, International Programmes. He obtained his M.Phil (Pharmacy Administration) from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife. Presently, a PhD (Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice) from the University of Jos, Jos Plateau State is in view.

Pharm. Azoji is Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) and Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (FPCPHARM). He is a Member, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Founding Member, Health Systems Action Network (HSAN), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Member, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Member, Nigerian Association of Industrial Pharmacists.

He began his professional career as a Hospital Pharmacist at General Hospital Saminaka, Kaduna State in 1986 serving our country during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year. Prior to this, he had a one year internship programme at Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife as a Demonstrator/Internee. He had a brief stint with Astra-Arewa Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Kaduna as a Medical Representative based in Kano. He joined May & Baker Nigeria Plc in 1988, and served there till 2004, during which time he rose from the position of Medical Representative to occupy the positions of Asst. Manager – Ethical Product Sales, Area Manager – North, Sales & Market Development Manager, Regional Sales Manager – Lagos/South West, Business Manager – Healthcare, Business Manager – Consumer and Head, Corporate Planning & Development. He was the pioneer MD/CEO, CHAN Medi-Pharm Ltd/Gte, Jos, Plateau State from 2004 till Sept. 2018.

Pharm. Azoji served on the boards and management of Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) and Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) both based in Nairobi, Kenya.

About Neimeth

Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc was incorporated on 30th August 1957 as a limited liability company. It commenced operations in 1958. On May 14th, 1997, Pfizer NY divested from the company through a management buyout. The company then underwent a name change to Neimeth Plc.

Neimeth is currently trading at N0.70 in today’s session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

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FG discusses nation’s carrier, Nigeria Air with US Ambassador

The FG has held a discussion with the US government over the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

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The federal government has held a discussion with the government of the United States of America over the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika via his Twitter handle after he held a discussion with the Ambassador at the United States Embassy in Abuja.

He tweeted, “We took the opportunity to discuss investments and opportunities in the aviation sector, including national carrier. The partnership looks promising. USA is the only country we have open skies with. Thanks, Ambassador Mary and the team.”

What you should know

In July 2018, the Federal Government unveiled the branding and livery for the new airline, Nigeria Air, and stated that the carrier would be inaugurated at the end of that year.

Sirika unveiled the carrier at a press conference during the Farnborough Air Show in London that year.

“I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country, Nigeria Air. We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015. We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year,” the minister had said.

He also stated that the government had obtained the Certificate of Compliance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and would go into investor search.

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SERAP asks Buhari to probe N39.5 billion duplicated, mysterious projects

SERAP has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the reported N39.5 billion duplicated and mysterious projects inserted in the 2021 budget.

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the reported N39.5 billion duplicated and mysterious projects inserted in the 2021 budget.

This is to know if public funds have been diverted in the guise of implementing the projects and prosecute those allegedly involved including those from the executive and the National Assembly.

The request from SERAP follows a report from BudgiT last week, where they alleged that there are 316 duplicated capital projects worth N139.5 billion in the 2021 budget.

This disclosure is contained in a public statement issued by SERAP on Sunday, May 9, 2021, and can be seen on its website.

SERAP said that the investigation of the alleged duplicated and mysterious projects, which are part of the 2021 appropriation bill of N13.588 trillion, should establish whether public funds have been mismanaged, diverted or stolen in the guise of implementing these projects.

What SERAP is saying in its letter

In the letter dated 8th May 2021 and signed by SERAP, Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare said: “The misallocation of public funds for duplicated and mysterious projects has seriously undermined the ability of the indicted MDAs, and the government to ensure respect for Nigerians’ human rights through developing and implementing well-thought-out policies, plans, and budgets.”

The letter from SERAP partly reads, “BudgIT had in a report last week stated that there are 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5 billion in the 2021 budget. The duplicated and mysterious projects are contained in the 2021 appropriation bill of N13.588 trillion signed into law in December 2020.”

These damning revelations suggest a grave violation of the public trust, and Nigerians’ rights to education, health, water, sanitation, and clean and satisfactory environment because the indicted MDAs have misallocated public funds at the expense of the people’s access to basic public services, and enjoyment of rights.”

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SERAP urges you to ask the heads of the MDAs involved to explain why they allegedly failed to ensure strict compliance with constitutional and international standards of transparency and accountability in the preparation, processes and decisions on their budgets, and to return any misallocated public funds to the public treasury.”

Investigating and prosecuting any allegations of mismanagement, diversion and stealing of public funds budgeted for the 316 duplicated and mysterious projects would allow your government to use the budget to effectively promote Nigerians’ access to essential public goods and services.

Publishing the ‘implementation status’ of the duplicated and mysterious projects would allow Nigerians to hold their government to account in the spending of public funds. This is particularly true for marginalized and excluded groups, such as people living in poverty, women, children, and persons with disabilities, as the budget has a disproportionate impact on their welfare.”

We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Incorporated Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to comply with our request in the public interest.” 

SERAP also urges you to direct Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning to publish full details of current ‘implementation status’ of the duplicated and mysterious projects, and any spending on the projects to date, including the 115 projects inserted in the budget of the Ministry of Health; the 23 projects inserted in the budget of the Ministry of Education, and 10 projects inserted in the budget of the Ministry of Water Resources.

The following ministries are reportedly involved in the duplicated and mysterious projects: Ministry of Health with 115 projects; Ministry of Information and Culture with 40 projects; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with 25 projects; Ministry of Education with 23 projects; Ministry of Transportation with 17 projects; and Ministry of Science and Technology with 17 projects.”

Others are the Ministry of Environment with 13 projects; Ministry of Power with 11 projects; Ministry of Labour and Employment with 11 projects, and Ministry of Water Resources with 10 projects.”

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The letter was copied to Mr Malami; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and Mrs Ahmed, the Finance Minister.

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