The Management of Emzor Pharmaceuticals defends its brand saying, it will not compromise good current manufacturing practice (GcMP); It says it will support experts on drug abuse rehabilitation.
Led by its Group Managing Director and Chief Executive (GMD/CEO), Mrs. Stella Okoli at a news briefing expressed her pain at the magnitude of young people who have turned to controlled drugs to alter their minds.
Mrs. Okoli who though expressed displeasure at the involvement of the company to the codeine saga, disabused the minds of Nigerians that the Emzor brand will never support the destruction of the young generations of Nigerians ” Who believe and trust us to build their wellness and their future”, said Okoli
The founder of Emzor expressed the desire to continue to use the Emzor Wellness Foundation to campaign against substances abuse among young people in schools and among out of schools children.
Fielding questions from newsmen following NAFDAC’s reopening of the factory, Legal Counsel, Wunmi Odejobi said, “Immediately the excerpt of the BBC documentary was aired, it had immediately reported the culpability of its erstwhile Business Development Manager, Chukwuonye Madubuike to the Police.
“Before the press statement (by NAFDAC requesting the arrest of the man), we had already reported the matter to the Police and done what we should have ideally.
“ And when we were asked to give details of the staff, we granted that, we turned the whole of his personal details to NAFDAC and so there isn’t anything we should comply with which we haven’t done, including details of his personal guarantors that were provided to NAFDAC were equally turned in to the Police”, said Odejobi.
However in defending the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Brand, Emzor, Executive Director, General Duties, Human Resources and Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said the company will be partnering with experts who are into drug rehabilitation to help young people who are already addicted to controlled narcotics.
According to Ezeoke “We would be looking for people who are already doing this and doing it well, and we can then tap into this as part of our CSR using the already existing Emzor Wellness Foundation”.
She pointed out that because the company is not equipped to engage in rehabilitation for those who are addicted to narcotics or regulated dugs, it will rather involve in supporting those who are doing that so well to scale up in addition to offering education on drug abuse prevention in schools.
In her contribution, Mrs Okolie described the codeine saga “a wake-up call to everyone who has the interest of young people at heart”.
She said the problem is not the drug but the wrong use into which the drug is put saying, “It is clearly not the time to apportion blame rather it is a time to see the need why everyone from the regulatory agency, manufacturers, parents, government and all, to join hands together to confront the malaise of drug abuse before it becomes too late”.