It was indeed an evening of praise, worship, music and dance as a Nigerian leading pharmaceutical company, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited marked it’s annual end of year thanksgiving event to bring the year 2021 business to a close on Sunday in Lagos.
Welcoming the guests to the event appropriately tagged ‘a Season of Gratitude’, the Founder and Group Managing Director (GMD) of the company, Dr. Stella Okoli, OON, said it’s the tradition of the company at the end of every year, to thank God, give gratitude to Him, because He is the owner of everything. “He owns Emzor and He has taken Emzor this far.” She declared.
The GMD went further to thank the management team, members of staff of the company, all Nigerians as well as everyone that are part of the company’s success stories saying; “we appreciate your love and unflinching support for our company and your patronage of our wide range of quality pharmaceutical products throughout the years. You have lifted our spirit and strengthened our feet for the journey in the years ahead.”
Speaking further, Okoli said; “this is the 17th edition of the annual event, we thank God for His mercy, love and kindness and we know we wouldn’t be here celebrating today without special people like you. You have shown without doubt that Emzor holds a special place in your heart and you have demonstrated your fellowship with us in giving thanks to God for his kindness and mercy.”
In the same vein, in his opening remarks, the Chairman, Board of Directors of the company, Emeka Okoli, who attended the event virtually said they need to give glory to God, emphasizing that “despite the global economic challenges, the company has continued to wax stronger. And most especially, in the outgoing year, the company has opened new grounds and made more positive impacts in the lives of the people.”
In his sermon, the Guest Minister at the event, Pastor Remi Oluboba of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 36, said “the best way to appreciate God is to praise Him and show gratitude for His kindness.
Speaking from the book of Psalms, the clergyman said; God’s instruction is to “enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: to be thankful unto Him, and to bless His name.”
Some of the highlights of the event were goodwill messages from a good number of dignitaries present at the event, which included Mopa Esuga, Chief of Party, US Phamacopeia, Patrick Lukulay from Sierra Leone among others. There was also the cutting of the anniversary cake as well as the Long Service Awards and Recognition of 95 members of staff of the company who have spent good number of years with the company ranging from 10 to 35 years.
Introducing the awardees, the company’s Head of Human Resources, Ego Onuoha said “the company is appreciating and rewarding them for their loyalty. They are the main reason behind the progress and trailblazing achievements of the company. It is always our tradition to appreciate the workforce. We see them as the reason for the company’s existence.”
In her closing remarks at the event which had on the bandstand, a gospel singer, Bidemi Olaoba, who ensured that the event is filled with right dose of music and dance; the company’s Executive Director, Uzoma Ezeuke, said; “we shall continue to thank God. He is the one that have made everything possible for us at Emzor.”