Groundbreaking Ceremony for
PAHF's AD Syringe Factory
November 30, 2004 (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) … H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Grand Patron of Pan African Health Foundation, gave an inspired address before thousands of citizens and visitors at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Port Harcourt Auto-Disable (AD) Syringe Factory on November 30, 2004. The President's speech was followed by supportive remarks from several national and local Nigerian officials and PAHF leaders from around the world.
President Obasanjo (center, in red hat) lays the cornerstone for the Port Harcourt AD Syringe Factory, during the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2004.
Foremost among those attending the ceremony were the Federal Minister of Health and the Chairman of the Nigerian Inter-Ministerial Committee on PAHF, Professor Eyitayo Lambo; the Governor of Rivers State, H.E. Dr. Peter Odili; trustee of PAHF Nigeria, Chief Phillip Asiodu; and the chairman of the board of PAHF USA, Mr. Yuichi Ishimaru.
President Obasanjo and all speakers pledged their total commitment towards the completion of the AD syringe factory by October, 2006. The importance of accomplishing this groundbreaking phase dovetails the PAHF project timeline necessary to meet the 2006 deadline. The inaugural celebration signaled the start of an infrastructure phase that involves site work and laying the factory's foundation which will enable delivery of the first lot of syringes in early 2007. At full capacity, the factory will create more than 100 million syringes per year.