Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for the incorporation of local herbal medicine into the orthodox medicine to reduce dependent on imported drugs.
Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), led by its Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Ilorin.
He noted that researches from institutes and universities could be exploited and developed as alternative to western medicines.
The governor tasked NAFDAC to check the inflow of sub-standard and unwholesome foods and drugs, to ensure that only safe consumables are available for Nigerians.
He promised continuous support to the agency in Kwara State to enable it perform its statutory duties.
In an earlier remark, Mrs Oni assured Governor Ahmed that the agency would sustain efforts in ensuring that foods, drugs and chemicals billed for importation, exportation and advertisement were safe for human consumption.
She added that the agency was ready to work assiduously in Kwara State to check unwholesome and counterfeit drugs.
The NAFDAC boss solicited for support of the State Government in securing offices in Baruten and Irepodun local government areas of the state.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has urged the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to effectively check the consumption of drugs and other unlawful products in Nigeria.
The Governor made the call at a meeting with the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital.
The acting Director General of NAFDAC was accompanied by heads of the organisation in all the six states of Nigeria’s northeast geopolitical zone.
Governor Gaidam urged his visitors to renew their efforts in the fight against counterfeit drugs and products within the security prone zone.
He said unauthorised trading and consumption of counterfeit products add to the activities of the insurgents and tasked NAFDAC to play its part in changing the trend.
The governor lauded the visit, saying it would afford NAFDAC the ample opportunity to disseminate information and sensitise people on the danger of patronising drugs hawkers.
He added that the visit would enable the agency take decisive steps towards eradicating the practice of streets hawking of drugs and put an end to the problems of drug addiction and abuse.
Governor Gaidam also asked NAFDAC to conduct research in the area of farm produce preservation which he said had become a serious concern to farmers and also posed health hazards to consumers.
In her response, Mrs Oni sympathised with the government over the unfortunate and needless destruction of human lives and property by the Boko Haram militants.
She assured the governor that NAFDAC would collaborate with relevant agencies and well-meaning indignes of the state to fight the horrific activity.
The NAFDAC boss added that the agency would not relent in its onerous task of liberating Nigeria from the menace of counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome food products among others.
She vowed that the agency would continue to do its best in ensuring that only the right quality, safe and efficacious drugs, healthy foods and other regulated products were made available to the people.
Mrs Oni further presented some food and other items to Governor Gaidam to be distributed among the victims of Boko Haram insurgency who were still traumatised and homeless in their fatherland.
Addressing reporters after vehicles loaded with bags of rice were seized at Idiroko border, the Ogun State Area Comptroller of Customs, Mr Multafu Waindu, paraded 18 vehicles loaded with bags of rice which were being smuggled into Nigeria from the Republic of Benin.
According to him, the vehicles and the grains were impounded around 3:00am at the porous Alari and Ifoyintedo bush paths, in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state where the smuggled bags of rice and the vehicles were abandoned by the smugglers.
Economy In Recession
Meanwhile, Nigerians have lamented the upsurge in the cost of rice from 12,000 Naira to over 20,000 Naira in some parts of the country, a fall out of the economic recession.
Economic analysts have said that more persons could go into smuggling of rice due to the increase in price, with most of them opting for Benin Republic where they could get rice for as low as 12,000 Naira.
The report revealed that Nigeria’s real Gross Domestic Product was expected to increase marginally by 0.6% with Consumer Prices rising by 17.1%, effectively lifting the country out of an officially declared recession.
Attacks On Oil Facilities
The recession was a result of the drop in the price of crude oil and the attacks on the nation’s oil facilities by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region.
Disturbed by the spate of the militants’ activities, the Nigerian Army launched a special team code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”, as the government agreed to dialogue with the militants after a ceasefire agreement from both sides.