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Calls Mount For Tinubu’s Intervention As Emzor Pharmaceuticals Faces Closure Over N6.2 Billion Debt

Opinion:

BY ABU-SATAR HAMED

Emzor Pharmaceuticals, a cornerstone of Nigeria’s healthcare sector renowned for producing essential medicines, is facing an existential threat as creditors move to wind up the company over a staggering N6.7 billion debt.

The pharmaceutical giant, known for its extensive range of medications catering to various health needs, including its popular Paracetamol brand, finds itself in dire financial straits amidst economic challenges gripping the nation.

The company’s plight has sparked widespread concern among stakeholders, including employees, healthcare professionals, and the public reliant on its products.

With jobs at risk and the prospect of disrupted supply chains looming, calls have intensified for urgent intervention to salvage Emzor Pharmaceuticals from closure.

In response to the escalating crisis, influential voices, including those within the pharmaceutical industry and economic analysts, are urging prominent leaders like President Bola Tinubu to step in.

As a respected figure in Nigerian politics and business, Tinubu’s intervention could potentially avert the collapse of Emzor Pharmaceuticals and preserve its critical role in healthcare provision.

The situation mirrors past government interventions during economic downturns, such as the bailout of Nigerian banks with N25 billion to stabilize the financial sector.

Proponents argue that a similar approach, involving government support to pay off a portion of Emzor’s debt and acquire a significant stake in the company, could safeguard jobs, maintain production, and sustain the availability of essential medicines nationwide.

“This is not just about a company; it’s about ensuring access to vital medications for millions of Nigerians,” remarked Dr. Aisha Ahmed, a public health advocate. “Emzor Pharmaceuticals plays a pivotal role in our healthcare system, and its closure would have far-reaching consequences.”

Industry experts emphasize that such a proactive measure would signal governmental commitment to protecting strategic industries and bolster investor confidence in Nigeria’s economic stability.

It could also serve as a catalyst for broader reforms aimed at fortifying local manufacturing capabilities and reducing dependency on imported pharmaceuticals.

As the nation grapples with economic challenges exacerbated by global uncertainties, the fate of Emzor Pharmaceuticals hangs in the balance, awaiting decisive action to secure its future and safeguard public health interests.

All eyes are now on leaders like President Bola Tinubu to heed the call and steer Nigeria’s healthcare sector away from crisis towards sustainable growth and resilience.

Recall, Nova Merchant Bank Limited initiated legal action against Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries by filing a winding-up petition before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The petition aims to recover a substantial loan amounting to N6,205,575,569.93 that was granted to Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries. The suit, identified as FHC/L/CP/1044/2024, has been assigned to Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

In a Motion on Notice presented by the bank’s counsel, Mr. Oluwakemi Balogun SAN, it was stated that Nova Merchant Bank had issued the necessary three-week demand notice to Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries as required under Section 572 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020.

Despite the expiration of the three-week notice period, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries allegedly failed to settle the debt or provide satisfactory security or arrangements for payment, according to Mr. Balogun.

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