By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it requires more personnel to effectively guard the borders and deal with drug trafficking.
The agency’s Director-General, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this at the 2022 budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services, said that worrying influx of fake, substandard, and unregistered products in Nigeria cannot be undone overnight.
According to her, “Let us look at our porous borders; we are surrounded by six countries and there is no guard in terms of regulation of the border.
“We need more staff members. We have 2,118 members of staff now, and we need more workers at the borders, as we do not have sufficient men and women to guard our borders.”
She said that the removal of NAFDAC agents from the ports has caused its inability to inspect most of the imported and exported goods, and has resulted in some of the major challenges currently confronting the agency as it tries to mitigate substandard and falsified medicines in the country.
“From 2011 to May 16, 2018, NAFDAC was removed from the ports, and we are supposed to be controlling and regulating what is imported and exported. For seven years, we were absent and cabals were formed.
“We cannot undo the cabals overnight. That is why it has been extremely challenging for the last three and half years. The federal task force is domicile in NAFDAC, and we are putting a lot of money on enforcement,” Mrs Adeyeye explained.
She also noted that the regulatory agency holds a multi-prone approach to mitigate substandard and falsified medicines. Still, some of the products that have NAFDAC numbers are falsified.
“That is how much we have to run after ourselves. But we have ten thousand drug products and about 80 to 90 per cent of what you see is NAFDAC regulated, while some of them are not,” she added.
Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.
Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.
In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.
However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.
“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.
“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.
“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.
Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.
The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.
Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.
The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.
Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.
There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.
He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.
According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.
“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.
“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.
N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.
He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.
In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”
“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.
The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.
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