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GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria announces changes in its board

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc’s board of directors has disclosed the resignation of Bhushan Akshikar, the Managing Director of the Company and Kareem Hamdy, the Finance Director.



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The board of directors of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc has disclosed the resignation of Bhushan Akshikar, the Managing Director of the Company and Kareem Hamdy, the Finance Director.

Akshikar’s resignation was as a result of his reassignment to a new leadership role within the GSK Regional Vaccines organisation and completion of his assignment in Nigeria.

Following the resignations, the company appointed Kunle Oyelana as Managing Director, Mark Pfister as Executive Director of Consumer Healthcare, and Bosco Kirugi as Finance Director. The new appointments will become effective come Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

Below are the brief profiles of the newly appointed directors.

Kunle Oyelana: He s currently the Marketing & Commercial Excellence Director at
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Nigeria Plc. Come barely two months time, he will resume as the company’s Managing Director.

Oyelana brings over twenty years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry, particularly in GSK where he has held roles of increasing responsibilities in the company’s areas of operation cutting across Africa and Asia. He has a track record of success in the development and effective implementation of robust strategies, with a keen focus on delivering sustainable growth in diverse markets.

As Commercial Director for the Classic Established Products (CEP) Portfolio for GSK in DC Africa Region, he ensured prioritisation and provided a stimulus for the over 40 markets
in the region to surpass 20% growth of key assets, despite challenging environment.

As Marketing & Commercial Excellence Director for Nigeria and earlier for Kenya, Oyelana led the rapid deployment of Commercial Trade Channel initiatives, effective utilisation of multiple channels and cross-functional collaboration to deliver exceptional customer engagement and sustained business growth.

Oyelana holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and an MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He is also an alumnus of Strathmore Business School in Kenya and IMD in Switzerland.

Mark Pfister: He is currently the General Manager, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Business, Nigeria & West Africa. On the date stated above, he will resume his new position as the Executive Director in charge of Consumer Healthcare at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc.

Pfister has over 21 years of extensive experience across FMCG, Consumer Healthcare and
Pharmaceutical industries in Africa with the last seven years being spent in West Africa with GSK.

He has served as Enterprise General Manager for GSK Pharma and Consumer in Ghana & Other West Africa (OWA) between 2015 – 2018, as well as Commercial Director for Ghana & OWA in 2015 and as Marketing Director for Consumer Healthcare in Nigeria from 2011 to 2014.

Pfister who holds a first degree in Physical Science and MBA post-graduate degree from universities in South Africa started his career in South Africa as a medical representative for Novartis in 1996.

His core experience is in marketing, beginning his marketing career at Cadbury South Africa before joining GSK Consumer Healthcare South Africa 2008 as Product Manager on the OTC portfolio.

Over the following years, he has developed extensive experience in both marketing and commercial excellence roles until his appointment in 2018 as the General Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare for Nigeria and West Africa.

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Bosco Kirugi: He is currently the Head, In-Country Shared Service, Finance, at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Nigeria Plc. Kirugi joined GSK in 2009 as a Senior Accountant – Receivables in Finance.

Over the past ten years, he has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the Company including Finance Planning and Reporting Manager for GSK Southern Africa, Commercial Analytics and Insights Manager, and Commercial Finance Manager for GSK Kenya and Planning Manager for Africa and Developing Countries of Asia region.

In 2018, he was the acting Head of Commercial and Finance for Myanmar. Prior to joining GSK, he worked for Maersk Kenya Ltd. for four years.

Kirugi is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce – Finance from Kenyatta University and Certificate in Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

He has received several awards at GSK including a Certificate of Recognition for leadership excellence in driving performance in 2017, General Manager’s Award (Kenya) in 2015 and the Sales Excellence Award (Southern Africa) in 2013.

Famuyiwa Damilare is a trained journalist. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication at the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).Damilare is an innovative and transformational leader with broad-based expertise in journalism and media practice at large. He has explored his proven ability in the areas of reporting, curating and generating contents, creatively establishing social media engagements, and mobile editing of videos. It is safe to say he’s a multimedia journalist.

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Top States in Nigeria with highest IGR per population in 2020

Nairametrics ranks the 36 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, based on their IGR per population.



Nigeria’s states generated a sum of N1.31 trillion internally in 2020, representing a marginal decline compared to N1.33 trillion recorded in 2019, and an increase compared to N1.17 trillion in 2018.  

The downturn is attributable to reduced state revenue as a result of disruptions caused by the covid-induced lockdown, while the crash in crude oil prices also hampered economic growth. 

Internally generated revenue is regarded as income generated by various states in the country, independent of their share of revenue from the Federation account. However, apart from the clear exception of Lagos State, all others depend largely on statutory allocations to run their state affairs. 

Nairametrics ranks the 36 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, based on their IGR per population, taking into account the estimated population size of each state as at 2016 and 5% growth rate between 2016 and 2020.  

Geo-political zones 

In terms of IGR per population for the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, South West takes the lead with an average of N13,966, having generated a sum of N561.01 billion and an estimated population of 40.17 million people. The South-South region followed with an average of N8,694 and a total aggregate IGR of N263.17 billion.  

On the flip side, the North-Eastern region, which houses states like Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, etc. recorded the lowest IGR per population of N2,061 closely followed by North West with an average of N2,855. 

Here are the top 5 states with the highest IGR per population in 2020. 

Lagos State – N31,794 

Lagos State, regarded as the economic hub of the nation, with a total estimated population of 13.18 million people as of 2020generated a sum of N418.99 billion as IGR in 2020. This represents an increase of 5.1% compared to N398.73 billion recorded in 2019. 

  • In terms of IGR per capita, Lagos State generated an average of N31,794 from each member of the population in 2020, as against N30,257 generated in the previous year. 
  • It is no surprise that Lagos State tops the rank, being a major epicentre for economic activities in the country. Lagos State is the largest city in Africa in terms of GDP, and the State is widely known for its large industries, with most corporations in the country headquartered within the state. 
  • It also houses major seaports in the country as well as the State Government’s aggressive taxation policies. These, amongst others, ensure the state makes more revenue internally compared to other states of the Federation. 
  • According to data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics, Lagos State received a total of N115.93 billion as Federal allocation in the year 2020, representing 21.67% of the total revenue available to the state in the year. 
  • This shows the exceptional ability of the state to run its affairs, using its internally generated revenue with little or no support from the Federal purse. 

Abuja – N24,600 

The Federal Capital Territory generated a sum of N92.06 billion in 2020, the third-highest state IGR in the year. However, based on IGR per population Abuja seats in second position with an average of N24,600. 

  • This represents a 23.5% increase when compared to N19,925 recorded in 2019. 
  • Abuja is the capital territory of Nigeria, with a total estimated population of 3.74 million people across a 7,315km square area. 
  • The state houses a lot of Federal ministries, having been made the country’s capital in 1991. Abuja is also a major conference centre in the country, as it hosts various meetings and summits annually. 
  • A cursory look at the data showed that the state’s IGR only accounted for 57.85% of the total available revenue, indicating that 42.15% of its revenue was gotten from the Federation account. 

Rivers State – N15,281 

Rivers State, being a major oil-producing state in the country, generated a sum of N117.19 billion as internally generated revenue in 2020. 

  • However, with an estimated population of 7.7 million people, its IGR per population stood at N15,281 in 2020, representing a decline of 16.5% when compared to N18,307 recorded in 2019. 
  • Rivers State is in the Niger Delta region of the country with much of the businesses in the state being oil exploration companies. 
  • Evident from the data obtained from the NBS, Rivers State relies heavily on statutory allocations from the Federal Government as well as their share of the 13% oil derivatives as it received a total of N141.19 billion from FAAC, representing 54.64% of the total available revenue in the review period. 

Delta State – N10,045 

Delta state, another state in the Niger Delta region of the country, with an estimated population of 5.9 million, generated a sum of N59.73 billion as IGR, and an average of N10,045 as IGR per population. 

  • Delta State is a major oil-producing state and ranks second to Rivers State. The State supplies about 35% of Nigeria’s crude oil and some considerable amount of natural gas. 
  • Delta State in the period received a sum of N186.83 billion as statutory allocation. 
  • Its IGR only accounted for 24.2% of the available revenue in the period, while N46.11 billion was generated as PAYE. 

Ogun State – N9,263 

Ogun State, a neighbouring State of Lagos State, generated a sum of N50.75 billion. In terms of IGR per population, the State generated a sum of N9,263. 

  • The State’s average income per population decreased by 28.4% compared to N12,945 recorded in 2019. 
  •  The State is strategically located, bordered to the East by Ondo State, to the North by Oyo and Osun States, to the South by Lagos State and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the West by the Republic of Benin. 
  • Ogun State also joins the list of states that are much dependent on FAAC allocations as statutory payments stood at N37.7 billion, representing 42.61% of the total revenue. 

Bottom five 

Katsina – N1,386 

Jigawa – N1,416 

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Benue – N1,736 

Niger – N1,804 

Bauchi – N1,821 

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Covid-19: FCT to end vaccination May 14

The FCT Primary Health Care Board (FPHCB) announced it would end the first round of Covid-19 vaccination on the 14th of May.



The FCT Primary Health Care Board (FPHCB) announced it would end the first round of Covid-19 vaccination on the 14th of May.

This was disclosed by Mrs Salome Tor, Programme Officer, FPHCB in a meeting with newsmen on Friday.

She disclosed that the FCT received 248,400 doses of vaccine and has successfully vaccinated  96,559 as of May 6, 2021, thanks to a team of 169 health workers.

“We have a minimum of three health workers in each team, they have all been distributed into the six area council. All the government hospitals in the FCT are selected locations for this vaccination.

“We also have temporary fixed post team; these are special teams who visit various organisations or special location. We urge people to go and vaccinate before the exercise closes,” she said.

The FPHCB added that Nigerians still need to get vaccinated and urged for the media’s participation in spreading awareness of the vaccination drive.

“We need at least seven out of 10 people to be vaccinated to be able to withstand the SARS 2 virus of COVID-19. I consider that as a deliberate hazard that will become hazardous to the community, so we advise that people shouldn’t put themselves in that position, they should go ahead and take the vaccine.

“We started this vaccination in FCT on March 15, the country at large started it on March 5, we have not seen anybody who complains of the vaccine in FCT, maybe blood clot or death.


“Why are people waiting, they should go ahead and take this vaccine in the health facility within the 62 wards of the FCT, the vaccine is safe,” the healthcare board said.

What you should know

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency announced that as of May 7, 2021, it had vaccinated 1,615,787 residents, which is 80.3% of its proportion.

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