SPOTLIGHT ON CHIEF EHIRM TOBECHUKWU JUSTICE

 


Chief Ehirim Tobechukwu Justice is a dedicated, devoted God -fearing person, who is an epitome of humility, simplicity and ingenuity.


He is greatly focused on social and economic development, youth and women empowerment, career and talent improvement. 


He is very concerned about creating the most conducive working environment for the efficient performance of the people towards the proper utilization of their natural, material and financial resources aimed at achieving results.


Chief Ehirim Justice through discipline, hard work and persistence built a career and empire that stretches through South Africa to Nigeria. 


He is a clear example of how the past does not determine the future and that entreprenuerial success can be achieved with courage, persistence, hard word and discipline


Chief Ehirim Justice's achievements and impact have earned him numerous awards and recognition in Nigeria and Africa. He has been nominated for Arise Africa Achievers Award 2021 by  Arise Afrika Magazine  for his vision, enterprise and contributions towards youth development across Africa


ACADEMIC RECORDS

State Primary School, Umuele Umuaka, Nkwerre/Isu LGA, Imo State, Nigeria. 

Qualification Obtained; (First School Leaving Certificate) [1981 -1987]


St. Augustine’s Grammar School Nkwerre, Imo State, Nigeria. [1988-1993.] 


Qualification Obtained:( Senior Secondary School Certificate---1993)


University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Enugu State, Nigeria. [1995-2001]

Qualification Obtained: B. Pharm.(Hons)

South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC).

South African Pharmacy Council Professional Examination Certificate.

South African Qualification Authority (SAQA)

Qualification Obtained: (South African Bachelor of Pharmacy)

South African Management Development Institute, Supply Chain Management

Qualification Obtained: SCM (2008).

Milpark Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Qualification Obtained: Masters Degree in Business Administration [MBA], (2010).

University of the Wits Watersrand, Johannesburg.

Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy, [PhD Wits in View] (2021).


WORK EXPERIENCES. 

1. Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Intern Pharmacist

(2001). 

Served as a Pharmacist in training. Ordering, Receiving packaging, pre-packing, 

distributing, dispensing, issuing of pharmaceutical medicines; and involved in researches 

both community based and clinical. Patient education and training and mentoring of New 

Interns and assistants. Advising Doctors, Nurses and other health professionals on the 

efficient, cost effective and current use of new and existing medicaments and their 

combinations thereof.


2. State Specialist Hospital, Ikerre-Ekiti, Ekiti State Nigeria. Youth Service 

Pharmacist (2002-2003). 

As a Pharmacist, managed the Ante-Natal, Ward-Service, Emergency and the OPD 

Pharmacies of the Specialist Hospital. Contributing in the team of other pharmacy 

employees to select, specify and adjudicate appropriate medicaments for use in the Ekiti 

State Metropolis and environs for tropical and other related diseases. Ordering, Receiving 

packaging, pre-packing, distributing, dispensing, issuing of pharmaceutical medicines. 

Organizing and managing monthly stock take and render monthly accounts to the Medical 

Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Hospital. Budget and manage adherence to stipulated 

budget of the department; and make submissions for state hospital policies.


3. Chris Hani-Bara Hospital, South Africa. (a)Pharmacist-in-charge, ICU Pharmacy; 

(b)Pharmacist-in-charge Main Pharmaceutical Warehouse. (2004-2005). 

(a)Manage and coordinate the Pharmaceutical Intensive Care Unit activities of Chris-Hani 

Baragwanath Hospital. Preparation of clinical regimen for ICU patients on daily basis. 

Provision of on-the-spot critical drug related advice to clinicians in the ICU. Management 

of the ICU pharmaceutical supply chain. Training of Intern Pharmacists and Assistants as prescribed by Laws and regulations.


4. (b)Coordination of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain of the Chris-Hani Baragwanath 

Hospital and report to the Chief Pharmacist. Establishing the trends in monthly usage and 

instituting a Re-order level based on the recurring ABC Analysis. Establishment thereof an optimal Minimum and Maximum Order Quantities. Ordering, receiving, inspecting of all pharmaceutical items entering the hospital. Negotiating with the help of the Chief 

Pharmacist the terms of buy-out items with supplying companies and the Gauteng Medical Supplies Depot, Auckland Park. Handling of Pharmaceutical Supply complaints from the wards and the various pharmacy Departments. Sitting on the Drug and Therapeutic Committee of the Hospital. Manage the Main Warehouse staff, Train Pharmacy Intern and Assistants according to the Law, and rendering of a monthly report to the Drug controller, the Chief Pharmacist and or the Senior Medical Superintendent in the absence of the former


5. Coordinator and Manager: Design and Establishment of Themba Lethu ARV, and 

the Partnership with the RITE TO CARE Pharmacy for HIV/Aids Cases (The first 

of its type in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, 2005). 

As a Responsible Pharmacist, lead the design, establishment, registration by MCC and the 

South African Pharmacy Council and subsequent commissioning of the new Separated 

ARV Pharmacy in Helen Joseph Hospital (The First of its type). Also served as pilot project 

in the Gauteng province after the Project Tokiso initiative of Gauteng Dept. of Health.


6. Pharmacy Manager/Responsible Pharmacist/Hospital Executive Committee 

Member. Helen Joseph Hospital, Auckland Park, JHB (2005-2006). 

To manage all activities and services of the Hospital relating to Professional Pharmacy 

Practice as stipulated in the South African Pharmacy Act of 1953 as amended, the 

Medicines Control Council (MCC) regulations, the South African Pharmacy Council 

(SAPC) regulations, the Treasury regulations and instructions in South Africa and all other 

Acts, Edicts, policies, regulations in pursuit of the strategic objectives of the Gauteng 

Department of Health (GDoH). 


7. Coordinator: 2007- to - 2010 Mid-term Strategic Plan Committee, 

 Helen Joseph Hospital (2006). 

Tasked by the Exco to coordinate the brainstorming, source and acquire resource persons, 

expert advice, lead the sessions, compile and cascade the recommendations to all the 

various Departments of the Hospital, enabling them to produce an adapted document. In 

conjunction with other stakeholders produced a working document for the Helen Joseph 

Hospital which is aligned to the strategy of Gauteng Department of Health as its mid-term 

strategic plan. 


8. Member, Departmental Special Task Team on Quality Pharmacy Care and 

Reduction in Waiting-Time for Patients in Gauteng Public Health 

Facilities….2006/2007. 

Worked to evaluate and set acceptable provincial standards, implement in specified 

institutions as pilot, monitor, review and report to the Directorate on progress with respect 

to reduction in waiting times, and improvement on quality pharmaceutical service delivery.

Targets achieved by 2007


9. Organizing Secretary, Helen Joseph Hospital PTC, and Member, Gauteng 

Provincial Drug and Therapeutic Committee (2005—2006).

To contribute in the professional and administrative deliberations and decision making towards the use of Essential drugs by the Pharmaceutical and Clinical Support services in the provincial department of Health (For Public Health Institutions)


10. Operations and Warehouse Manager/Chief Pharmacist (2006-2010).

Gauteng Provincial Medical Supplies Depot (MSD), South Africa.

Ensure proper receiving, storage and distribution of stock in the warehouse by managing:

• the Records and receipts of Stock in the depot;

• Samples to be submitted to the Lab immediately upon receipt and the results thereof,


Development, Implementation and monitoring the use of standard operating procedures

(SOP’s) and the reviews when necessary.

• The issue and distribution of stock in the province according FIFO/FEFO/ SOP’s.

• The monitoring and management of the outsourced transport contractor.

• The identification and management of expired stock and disposal of same regularly

• Reduced picking /issuing errors through continuous improvement of operational procedures.

• Creation of yearly drug distribution roster to all public health institutions and hospitals in 

Gauteng Province and amendments thereto when necessary. 

• Capacity of the Gauteng Medical Depot; For instance, build additional fridges and stores or 

adjusting/reshuffling storage spots of specific items as the need arises. 

• The conduct of yearly and cyclic Stock counts, producing reports thereof; and making 

strategic recommendations as a result to the provincial Departmental authorities.

• Regular stock deliveries to Gauteng Public Health Institutions and hospitals. 


11. Director /Procurement Authority: Gauteng Provincial Medical Supplies. (2011-

2016). 

To manage the requisition, evaluation, procurement and delivery circles in the supply chain of All 

Medical, Pharmaceutical and Sundry items to the over 3000 respective Health Facilities including 

the Central Quartenary and Tertiary Hospitals, the Secondary Hospitals, Community Health 

Centres, Primary Health Centres and Health Facilities in Gauteng Provincial Department of 

health.


12. Member, USAID/SCMS Re-engineering TOP Team for the Gauteng Dept. of 

Health 2012-2013). To appraise, critique and or uphold policies, operational and administrative 

systems at Gauteng MSD so as to improve health delivery services.


13. Member, and Adhoc Chairperson, Gauteng Department of Health, Medical 

Supplies Local Acquisition Committee (LAC) Bid Specification/ Bid Adjudication 

Committee (2011-2013). 

Participate in the Bid Specification of identified items and when necessary, Bid 

Adjudication of some pharmaceutical and sundry items and or services needed in the MSD.


14. Currently: Manager; Pharmaceutical Services, Gauteng Department of Health.

 

 AWARDS/ POSITIONS HELD AND, COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCES.

1. HEAD OF SCHOOL QUIZ TEAM, STATE PRIMARY SCHOOL 

UMUELE-AMAZANO (1986 -1987))

2. BEST GRADUATING PUPIL, STATE PRIMARY SCHOOL, UMUELE￾AMAZANO (1987).

3. MC ANYIAM HOSTEL PREFECT, SAGS NKWERRE, (1991 1993) 

4. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/ HEAD OF PRESS, SAGS NKWERRE, (1992 -1993)

Resume of Chief. Tobechukwu Justice Ehirim

5. BEST GRADUATING STUDENT, St. Augustine’s Grammar School, Nkwere   1993


BEST STUDENT IN ACADEMICS, SAGS NKWERRE, 1993.

7. PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER PANS, University of Nigeria, Nsukka –

(1996 – 1997).

8. SEC GEN, NJABA and ISU LGA STUDENTS ASSOC. (NILGASA), UNN 

(1997 – 1999).

9. PRESIDENT, NJABA and ISU (NILGASA), UNN (1999 – 2000).

10. DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS, NATIONAL ASSOC. OF IMO STATE 

STUDENTS (1998 -1999).

11. AWARD OF BEST POLITICAL LEADER OF THE YEAR, UNN (2000).

12. CHANCELLOR, CONFEDERATION OF UMUAKAH AND AMAZANO 

REVAMPERS, NJABA LGA IMO STATE, NIGERIA (1999 -2002). 

13. SEC. GEN, AMAZANO PROGRESSIVE UNION (SOUTH AFRICA, (2004 

– 2006).

14. SEC. GEN, AKAH ABORIGEES ASSOCIASTION, SOUTH AFRICA

(2005-2007). 

15. PRESIDENT, IMO STATE PROFESSIONALS IN SOUTH AFRICA (2007 -

2010).

16. PRESIDENT, NJABA SOUTH MOVEMENT, SOUTH AFRICA, (2009-

2012).

17. PRESIDENT, AKAH URBAN CITY DEVPT UNION, SOUTH AFRICA 

(2012 – 2019).

18. PATRON, AMAZANO PROGRESSIVE UNION, (2018 – DATE).

19. CO-FOUNDER/ CHAIRMAN, YOUTH DEVPT. COMM, UMUELE￾AMAZANO UNITED ASSEMBLY, (UAUA).

20. DEPUTY GLOBAL ADMINISTRATOR, NEW UMUAKAH PROJECTS 

INITIATIVE (UMUAKAH WORLD-WIDE), NUP-I (2017 –DATE)

21. PRESIDENT, SAGS OLD BOYS ASSOC., 1993 SET. 

22. FOUNDER / CHAIRMAN, TWISTHILL PHARMACY GROUP, SOUTH 

AFRICA (THE 1ST NIGERIAN OWNED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY IN

JOHANNESBURG IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF HUMANKIND


Ladies and gentlemen, I preset to you Ehirim Tobechukwu Justice

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