Gov Ahmed Makes Case For Local Herbal Medicine

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Local Herbal Medicine, NAFDACKwara 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.

Osinbajo To Launch MSME Clinic In Kwara

MSME Clinic, Yemi Osinbajo, KwaraActing President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is set to launch a three-day Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinic on Thursday, February 23 for viable enterprises in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Recall that Acting President Osinbajo commissioned the Aba MSME clinic on January 26.

Aba is the commercial hub of Abia State in southeast Nigeria.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau, Mr Segun Soewu, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, informed that the event would hold at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin by 10:00AM daily.

He described the clinic as an opportunity for MSME operators in the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges confronting their businesses.

The MSME Bureau boss added that business owners can also make inquiries about policies and regulations regarding their businesses from the Federal agencies that would be present at the programme.

He listed the agencies to include the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Others are Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Projects Development Institute, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.

Mr Soewu asked intending participants to contact the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the Kwara State MSME Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Gambari Road in Ilorin.

 

NAFDAC Partners With CSOs To Effect Drug Monitoring

NAFDAC, Drug MonitoringThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is partnering relevant organisations and civil society groups to strengthen its drug monitoring mechanism across Nigeria.

NAFDAC Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Professor Samson Adebayo, said the agency had also opened six zonal offices to make monitoring activities effective at states level.

He made the disclosure on Wednesday while representing the Director General of NAFDAC at a media chat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Adebayo appealed to medical practitioners and patients to report any adverse reactions from medications to the agency, to enable it follow up on the efficacy of such medicines.

Senate Committee Inspects Health Institutions In Lagos

Senate, Health, LagosMembers of the Senate Committee on Health have inspected some health agencies in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

The lawmakers say they are on tour of the health institutions to identify their challenges, strengths and weaknesses ahead of the 2017 budget.

The centres visited by the committee include the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research among others.

Heads of the agencies visited reeled out their challenges, stressing that the major setback was inadequate funding.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Olanrewaju Tejuoso, promised that the committee would do all within its powers to ensure appropriate funding of each Federal Government health institution.

He also stressed the need for the teaching hospitals to get back to their effective running capacity in order to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria.

“The likes of LUTH (and) UCH in the past were equivalent to US (and) UK hospitals that people were running to before and we want that to come back.

“We want to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria and we need our Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) all over the country to give us good guidance as to appropriating positively for them because last year, the budget proposal given to the Ministry of Health from every health institution was not what we finally appropriated, which I think is not helping the country.

“We need the teaching hospitals (as well as) the heads of the hospitals to be fearless and give us the true picture of what they need so that when we are appropriating, we will be properly guided and it won’t be the ministry that will just give everybody the same proposal,” the senator said.

House Summons Agriculture Minister Over Genetically Modified Foods

House of Representatives, Audu Ogbeh, FoodsLawmakers in the House of Representatives have summoned the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbeh, in a bid to address concerns being raised over the importation of genetically modified foods into Nigeria.

The summon followed a motion raised by a member of the House from Imo State, Rep. Austin Ikechukwu, on Thursday at the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The legislators asked the Minister to appear before them over the issuance of permits to a company, Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited, to introduce some of the foods into the Nigerian market.

The House Committees on Healthcare Services and Agriculture Products have been mandated to also meet with the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The committees are to get a list of food supplements and genetically modified foods that have been granted NAFDAC registration numbers and have 12 weeks to report back to the House.

Nigeria To Announce Policy On Imported Food Items

Audu Ogbeh Agric Minister economy on Imported foodThe Nigerian government is set to decide on ban of food items which put the health of citizens at risk and discourage local production and sufficiency.

The Minister of Agriculture Mr Audu Ogbe, told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that a decision would be made on Wednesday on the importation of tomato paste and other products which he said had been certified unfit for consumption by the United Nations and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

He stressed that increasing cases of cancer, kidney failure and other chronic ailments among Nigerians were reasons enough to check the selfish interest of international partners and their local collaborators causing health risks in Nigeria.

Tomato paste packed in sachets and tins and containing preservatives that are hazardous to human health, frozen chicken coated with formaldehyde, a chemical used to preserve human bodies in the mortuary, rice stored for more than 10 years and preserved with harmful chemicals are the kinds of imports the Minister promised that the government would take a decision on.

While Nigeria is aiming for food sufficiency amidst importation challenges, a major concern is what the Agriculture Minister called large scale self-poisoning by Nigerians.

Moi-Moi (a Nigerian delicacy made with beans) steamed in cellophane bags and fresh fish sprayed with disinfectant to keep flies away in some parts of northern Nigeria, are some of the items he said were poisonous.

The Minister addressed reporters after a meeting with members of the Food and Agriculture Organisation who were Nigeria to help implement a food safety policy that would strengthen food control system through an institutional reform.

But enlightenment for Nigerians to know what not to eat is key.

There is no need to talk agriculture and food sufficiency if it weakens instead of keeping the population healthy and safe from risks.

The first step towards an efficient National Food Control System, therefore, is a massive enlightenment campaign that would reach all level of Nigerians. Only then will a ban on all harmful imports will be effective and Nigeria will no longer be a dumping ground.

Export Council Seeks Review Of EU Ban On Nigeria’s Products

Agricultural products banOfficials of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council are looking at ways of reviewing the European Union’s ban of products from Nigeria.

Issues of poor packaging, non-adherence to food safety measures and non-compliance to administrative procedure had characterised ‎product export from Nigeria to countries in Europe.

The Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the ban, according to a report from the World Bank, could lead to a drop of over $6 billion exportable goods from developing countries by 2016.

Announcing the ban, the European Food Safety Authority said that the food substances were banned because they contained ‘a high level of unauthorised pesticide’.

The food items banned till 2016 include, beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil.

According to the EU, Nigeria’s beans was banned because it contained between 0.03mg per kg to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg.

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Paul Orhii, blamed exporters for the ban.

He said they had failed to comply with regulatory requirements for semi-processed and processed commodities.

NAFDAC Boss Says Allegation Of Abuse Of Office Is ‘Unsubstantial’

Paul-OrhiiThe Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, has described allegations against him as ‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless and Spurious’.

Mr Orhii was at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier on Monday for interrogation over the allegations of abuse of office and contract scam.

His invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

He was granted administrative bail, but he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious’

In reaction to claims that he was arrested, Mr Orhii in a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, denied being arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

EFCC Interrogates NAFDAC Boss Over Alleged Abuse Of Office

Paul-Orhii of NAFDAC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria on Monday invited the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, for interrogation over alleged abuse of office and contract scam.

Mr Orhii’s invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

A source at the EFCC said that Mr Orhii arrived at the Wuse Abuja headquarter of the agency earlier on Monday.

“Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious”

He has been granted administrative bail, as he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

In a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, Mr Orhii denied claims that he was arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

 

Nigeria Customs Impound Goods Worth N250m

customsThe Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C Owerri, the Imo State capital, has impounded various contraband goods.

The goods include fake human and veterinary drugs, vehicles, second hand clothing, expired vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of rice.

While conducting newsmen round the seizures, the Area Comptroller of the FOU Zone C, Mr Victor Dimka, said that the seizures were made by his men after tip off by their strategic partners in the zone, consisting of all the South-South and South-East states.

Mr Dimka said that the total cumulative duty paid value for all the seizures is over 250 million naira.

Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Imo State, David West, who received the fake drugs from the Customs on behalf of the DG of NAFDAC, advised consumers to be conscious of the products they consume and report any issue relating to fake products in the market.

Impounded goods include over 1700 cartoons of fake and unregistered human and veterinary drugs with cumulative duty paid value of 141 million naira, 182 impounded vehicles, 160 bales of second hand clothing, 192 pieces of used vehicle tyres, furniture and bags of imported rice.

Association Suggests Merger Of Regulatory Agencies In Nigeria

Muhammad AbubakarThe National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in Nigeria has recommended a merger of regulatory agencies with duplicate functions.

While presenting a report on the various sectors of the economy in Lagos on Monday, the President of the Chamber, Mr. Muhammad Abubakar, detailed the concerns of the private sector operators under the umbrella of the chamber.

Also calling for the recapitalisation of the Bank of Agriculture and incentives for farmers in order to develop agribusiness, Mr. Abubakar pointed out that the various concerns stated in the report required equal attention of the government.

The association expressed worries that charges by some of the agencies were becoming too high and overlapping, thus constituting a major burden on business especially manufacturing industries.

“National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and Standards Organisation of Nigeria, for instance, are responsible for standards and these two have no business being separate organisations,” he said, citing a example of the agencies that should be merged.

NACCIMA also called for government’s intervention in the area of land availability for farming.

“Most of the land in Nigeria is family owned lands and you can hardly get three to four kilometres of land for farming. This is a challenge to farmers,” he stated.

FG to increase cocoa production to 500mt by 2015

The Federal Government has announced plans to increase the production of cocoa to about 500 metric tonnes by 2015 through its growth enhancement support scheme for the agricultural sector.

The plan is also expected to create 390,000 jobs in the cocoa sector.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Dr Ezekeil Oyemomi refuted claims that the recently approved agrochemicals by the Federal Government are harmful to cocoa trees.

The Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Professor Malachy Akoroda said that the pesticides have been screened and registered by the institute and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).