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NAFDAC Raises Alarm Over Dangers Of Self Medication, Fake Drugs

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In a bid to ensure a good life for all Nigerians, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has flagged off a campaign against dangers of public health challenges.

The campaign is aimed at addressing the following health challenges: dangers of buying medicines from hawkers; abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths; dangerous effect of using Kerosene tankers to load groundnut oil; the dangerous practice of using potassium bromated to bake bread; use of Azo-dye in Palm oil; dangers of using Sniper to preserve any type of food or keep flies away from meat.

Others are dangers of consumption of excessive oil; use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards; low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by lactating mothers and its associated health hazards; dangers of wrong use of pesticides and insecticides; wrong use of chemicals and its hazardous effects and problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.

Speaking at the sensitisation campaign in Lagos yesterday, NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director, Ports Inspection, Prof. Sampson Adebayo, encouraged Nigerians to buy drugs from only licensed pharmacies and medicine stores and refrain from self-medication.

She said the key objective of the sensitization programme is “to intensify and expand the scope of our informal and formal behaviour change communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroots,” noting, “dissemination of food and drug safety information is an important aspect of our regulatory work.”

Prof. Adeyeye hinted that NAFDAC has engaged the services of a project consultant, MMCC, to drive the sensitization campaigns, adding that the campaign materials are ready to be deployed on the field.

She said the sensitisation campaign was aimed at protecting Nigerians “against the deleterious effects of unwholesome food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor waters and other substandard regulated products.

“It is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problem of falsified medical products and unwholesome food. The advent of COVID-19 has aggravated the problem with the challenges posed by substandard and falsified personal protective equipment (PPEs). The sensitization campaigns will therefore contribute significantly to Federal Government’s concerted efforts to inform, sensitize, educate and alert the public about inherent dangers of intake and use of those spurious regulated products.

“Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Rivers, Edo, Osun, Kwara and Lagos have so far been selected as pilot states for the sensitisation campaigns. NAFDAC intends to organise the programme in phases and stagger to cover all the 36 states of the federation.”

NAFDAC boss informed that the mass media, youth organisations and civil societies in the pilot state will be in the forefront of the sensitisation campaigns, adding that the target audiences are market women and men, road transport workers and employers, community youth organisations and students.

While expressing optimism that the participants and target audiences would become dependable partners and allies of NAFDAC, and be in the forefront of sustaining the public awareness campaigns by disseminating the information and messages to the grassroots, Prof Adeyeye said the ultimate goal is to ensure that the various communities take ownership of the care and management of their own health.

NAFDAC boss also gave assurance that the agency under her watch will not leave anything unturned in “our concerted efforts to rid the country of the menace of falsified medical products, unwholesome food, harmful cosmetic, poorly packaged water and other substandard products.”

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Don’t Leave Nigeria To Those Messing Up The Country, Obasanjo Begs Nigerian Youths As He Offers Free Keke Ride

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, was behind the wheels of a tricycle (Keke) on Saturday.

Obj, as fondly called, rode through some roads in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun, to pick passengers.

The sight caught the attention of many who cheered the former Head of State and also took photos.

The elder statesman, who offered rides to citizens, moved through Moshood Abiola, NNPC Mega Station, Kuto Market, among others.

The activity was part of OBJ @ 85 Free Keke Programme of the Youth Development Centre of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).

In his remarks, Obasanjo appealed to the youths not to leave Nigeria to those messing it up.

The ex-leader said despite the challenges, they should try to take advantage of available opportunities to make an impact.

“Things are not what they should be but youths, individually and collectively, must make contributions in order to make things the way they should be.

“If you leave things to those who are messing it up for you and who are saying you are the leaders of tomorrow, you will never have that tomorrow.

“God has given you innate ability to be what He wants you to be. If you make up your mind, God will help you and provide people who would help you”, he added.

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We Must Fix Nigeria, Stop Europe-Bound Migrants Through Desert – Shettima

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Former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has decried the migration of Nigerians to European countries for greener pastures through Libya.

The PUNCH reports that no fewer than 774 stranded Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya between August ,2021 and June 1, 2022.

But Shettima believed that the country must be fixed to put a stop to migration of citizens crossing through the desert from Nigeria to Libya with the hope of getting to Europe.

He spoke at the investiture ceremony of the Managing Editor, Northern Operations of The Nation newspapers, Yusuf Ali, as the 11th president of the Rotary club of Abuja, Maitama.

Shettima, however, called for the unity of Nigerians to overcome the challenges bedeviling the country.

He said, “We have to make this country work. Nigerians would not need to go through Libya to get to Europe for survival. I believe if we are united Nigeria will survive and that is why I am proud of the Rotary club.”

Shettima also urged Nigerians to dedicate their lives to service to humanity, adding that ‘individualism, and worship of money’ were making life unpleasant in the country.


He said, “Every lifetime, that has been dedicated to professional excellence and community good, represents the type of life, that we must valorise, especially given how much we have become swamped, by an inordinate worship of the cult of money; individualism, and a crass materialism, that has increasingly made life so nasty, brutish and short, in our country, to borrow the words of the Political Philosopher, Thomas Hobbes.”

When asked about the jostle for the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Shettima declined comment.

He said, ” This is a non partisan event it will be an insult to make a political comment here. At the appropriate time we will talk politics.”

In his remarks, Ali called on the government to ensure Nigerians have access to basic infrastructures.

He warned that failure to do this would spell doom for the nation.

Ali said, “Unless all Nigerians have access to basic needs, we won’t be able to make it as a nation. We have abundant human resources but our souls are weak and malfunctioning.”

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Shun Grievances, Work For APC In 2023, Amaechi Tells Supporters

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The immediate past Transport Minister, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has directed his supporters in Rivers State to set aside their anger and work for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

Amaechi, a former governor of the state, spoke on Saturday, when thousands of APC supporters trooped out in Port Harcourt to give him grand reception after the Presidential primary election.

The former minister, who came second at the primary poll, was received by party enthusiasts, who followed him from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to the APC state secretariat in Port Harcourt.

Amaechi, who vowed to stay in Rivers and ensure the victory of APC, appealed to his supporters to return to their various units and work for the APC in 2023.

He said: “Please, in the contest for the presidency, we should know that we must go and vote for our party, no matter how angry you are, they have chosen, let’s go and vote for our party.

“For the stories you hear about the people who are gossiping how they are having meetings in France, let this be your own France. Vote for your party, don’t be afraid, just go home and do your work.

“Don’t be afraid, go home and work, that’s why I came, I came to thank you, I came to urge you to go home and work, let all of us be unit leaders, no more local government leaders, ward leaders.

“If you check in INEC, they are no longer announcing ward results, they are announcing unit results. So let go home and win our units and bring our units home.

“Those days of meeting, writing results have all gone, we must praise INEC, praise the National Assembly for reducing the level of rigging, where people write results and INEC will just announce, now it is almost gone.”

In his remarks, the state APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, assured supporters that the APC would be on the ballot in 2023.

He said: “My mission here is three-fold, one to reassure you that we will be on the ballot, number two, that there is no court case that we will lose because God is on our side, number three, we have won already.

“Why have we won? Because at the grassroots, we are number one, number two, on every ballot, we are number one, number three, we serve a God that is number one.”

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