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NAFDAC Alerts Public on Dangers of Buying Fake Products

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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has flagged off sensitization campaign among people in the North Central zone to protect them against negative effects of unwholesome food, fake medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.

The staff of the agency, who took the sensitization campaign to major markets and roads in the Ilorin metropolis, said that the campaign which started a month ago had been taken to Edo, Rivers, Osun, Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto and now Kwara states.

Speaking at the event in Ilorin yesterday, the director general of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said that dissemination of safety information on food and drugs is an important aspect of the agency’s regulatory work.

Represented at the event by the director, north central of the agency, Mrs. Bolaji Abayomi, the director general of the agency warned people on dangers of buying medicines from hawkers, saying that patients should buy medicines from only licensed pharmacies and medicine stores.

Professor Adeyeye also said that the campaign themes intended to address such public health challenges as abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths.

“Others include dangerous effects of using kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil, dangerous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread, use of Azo-dyes in palm oil which causes cancer, dangers of using sniper to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat, dangers of transfat and consumption of excessive oil, and use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards.

The Director General, who lamented low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by lactating mothers and its associated health hazards, encouraged mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding for two years for good health of their children.

She also highlighted dangers of wrong use of pesticides and insecticides, wrong use of chemicals and its hazardous effects, as well as problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.

“The key objective of this 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. Dissemination of Food and Drug safety information is an important aspect of our regulatory work.

“It is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problem of falsified medical products and unwholesome food,” she said.

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Minimum Entry age to Tertiary Institutions18 Years – FG

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The Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates less than 18 years.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman gave the directive on Monday during a monitoring exercise of the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory.

He decried the activities of some parent, who were pressuring their underage students to get admissions into tertiary institutions,

The minister said that the 18-year benchmark is in line with the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

“The minimum age of entry into the University is 18, but we have seen students who are 15, 16 years going in for the entrance examination.

“Parents should be encouraged not to push there wards too much. Mostly, it is the pressure of parents that is causing this.

“We are going to look at this development because the candidates are too young to understand what the whole university education is all about.

“This is the period when children migrate from controlled to uncontrolled environment; when they are in charge of their own affairs.

“But, if they are too young, they won’t be able to manage properly. I think that is part of what we are seeing in the Universities today,” he said.

On skill acquisition for those who will not be able to gain admissions into tertiary institutions, Mamman said the ministry is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

“ In overall, it is 20 per cent that can be admitted into the University, Polytechnic and Colleges of Education system.

“So, where will the 80 per cent go to? That is why the issue of skills acquisition is very important.

“Any student who is unable to proceed to tertiary institutions should be able to have a meaningful life after primary and secondary school’s education and the only solution to this is skill acquisition,” he said.

Corroborating the minister’s position on the benchmark of 18 years for admission to tertiary institution, the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said 18 years is the is in line with the 6-3-3-4 education system.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu who was in the monitoring team applauded the conduct of the 2024 UTME, particularly, the introduction of online examinations as a way of checking malpractices.

He said the Computer Based Test (CBT) had reduced examination malpractices to the barest minimum.

Sununu commended the Board for setting simple but high standard for the examination. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns Businessman for Allegedly Tampering with Forfeited Property

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a businessman, Ifeanyi Bosah-Reginald, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly tampering with forfeited property.
Reports says that Bosah-Reginald was arraigned on a count charge alongside Magnificat Homes & Leisure Ltd.

 and fifth Neighborhood Management Ltd.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant ran foul of the offence of dealing with forfeited property without authorisation contrary to Section 12(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The EFCC Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, thereafter applied to the court that the defendant should be kept in appropriate custody and also  asked for a trial date.

According to the EFCC, the defendant was alleged to have trespassed property of one  Jokotade Tade Estate Resources Ltd. and that of one Mrs Foloshade Ogundare.
The EFCC said the property, a subject of forfeited order in suit ID/2168/2015, was said to be measuring about 10,687 hectares, situated at Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos State.
It said the property had been forfeited to the Federal Government based on the interim forfeiture order of the court of competent jurisdiction.
Justice Rahman Oshodi ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
The judge, however, adjourned the case until  May 31 for commencement of trial. (NAN)

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Raid: Police Arrest 1,802 Suspects in 2 Weeks

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The Police Command in Lagos State says no fewer than 1,802 suspects have been arrested in raids at different black spots in the state within the last two weeks.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos  on Monday.

Hundeyin said that between April 8 and  April 14, the command arrested 1,019 suspects in various raids within Oshodi, Mushin, Agege, Lagos Island, Ojota and Orile-Iganmu areas.

He said that also between April 15 and April 20, another 783 suspects were arrested when the command raided again some of the places earlier mentioned and other areas.

He said that the exercises were carried out by area commands, divisions, and tactical teams, including the Rapid Response Squad.

He also said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who gave the order for the massive raid, commended the officers for reducing crime and criminality through the exercise.

Hundeyin added that through the exercise, many attacks on the public in some areas, particularly at night and early morning had been checked.

He said the exercise would be sustained as it was yielding the expected result of checking crimes.

The image maker who noted that the exercise was not meant to extort members of the public, stressed that proper screening always takes place after raids, to ensure that innocent persons were not added to suspected criminals.

He advised the public to always go about with their means of identification and avoid hanging around suspected criminals and black spots.

Hundeyin further called on the public to keep on informing the police about the activities of suspected persons or group in their areas. (NAN)

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