The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control,NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye on Tuesday recommended capital punishment for fake drugs manufacturers and dealers in the country.
According to the NAFDAC boss, this will serve as deterrent to those she labeled “merchants of death” and put an end to the unwholesome production and marketing of fake drugs.
Professor Adeyeye who.featured in a special interview programme on the Television and Radio Channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS and monitored by Mega Icon magazine disclosed “NAFDAC is working on more intense punishment on fake and hard drugs.The existing penalty for drug pedlling is not stiff enough. I’m not against capital punishment for drug peddlers. Some hardened drug peddlers deserve capital punishment.
“We will not hesitate to close all the lines of companies falsifying drugs.The war on fake drugs is a marathon.It is all over the world.”
The NAFDAC Director-General while speaking on the prevalence rate of fake drugs in the country explained that “the prevalence rate of falsified products is about 10 per cent,meaning one in every 10 drugs being manufactured in Nigeria is fake.This figure is less worldwide.”
While x-raying the activities of the regulatory agency,she disclosed that in 2019,NAFDAC intercepted and destroyed fake drugs worth one point three trillion Naira adding that the Inspection and Enforcement Directorate of the agency is being strengthened to curb the activities of fake drug manufacturers and dealers.
On NAFDAC’s intervention in the global search for solution to the coronavirus pandemic,Professor Adeyeye said as a vibrant member of the global community,Nigeria is also in the race for global cure for COVID-19.
She said “clinical trial treatment is going on in different parts of the country. NAFDAC reviews protocol to ensure subjectand patient is protected.”
“For instance,the clinical trials going on in Lagos involves Chlo to qui me and other therapeautics.”
She added that about 90 countries are currently working on vaccine research and production but regretted that Nigeria which had been in the forefront of vaccine production for 50 years was not presently in the race.
The Professor of Pharmaceutics kicked against the use of foreign herbal medicine to cure the ravaging coronavirus in Nigeria,saying”we should search for our own local medicine which may have same effectiveness.
She however said the agency was still waiting for samples of Madagascar COVID Organics which will go through safety studies and possibly clinical trial to ascertain its safety for use by patients.
Professor Adeyeye while commenting on the possible benefits of chloroquine and remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19 said remdesivir is not yet commercially available and very expensive while the use of chloroquine is limited to clinical trial setting and not should be used unless prescribed by a physician.
Noise Pollution: Oyo govt. calls for obedience to environmental laws
Residents of Oyo state have been enjoined to comply with environmental regulations of the State, especially as it relates to noise pollution.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Environment and Natural resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola on Wednesday stated that noise pollution makes the environment unfriendly and as such creates severe influence on human mental and physical health.
Therefore, the Commissioner enjoined residents to abide with regulations, calling for cooperation by residents of the state.
Rt. Hon. Ayoola opined that failure to comply, may cause unending friction among parties involved, thereby causing conflict in the society.
“It is opined that adequate compliance would assist to foster better working relationship and conducive environment without confrontation and friction involving the parties”, the statement read.
Towards this end, the Oyo State Government, through the Ministry has mandated all block industry owners, night clubs, patent medicine sellers, churches, mosques, musical vendors, street dancers to henceforth reduce their noise to permissible level that complies with existing law of the state.
Hesitation to abide by this law, the statement read, would attract heavy penalties and wrath of the binding laws of Oyo state.
Nigerians And Desperate Quest to Travel Abroad Using Marriage Deception || By Rahaman Onike
WHAT is not clear is the real motive why many Nigerian Youths are desperate to travel abroad. Instead of thinking of what to do within to make fortunes,it has always been a case of everyone trying to travel abroad. Even persons without any specialization or vocational training are not left out of the struggle to break any barrier to escape offshore.
Now adays,young Nigerians go to marriage registry across the country particularly Lagos State for marriage solemnization as part of formalities to secure the travelling documents.
One thing that is amazing about this new trend is that most of the adventurists go for aged women.It sounds somehow seeing a guy of thirty years old asking a woman old enough to be his mother or even grandma’s hand in marriage just to secure Visa to travel abroad.
Assuming most of these marriages are consummated as a product of true love and relationship the better.But the truth is that these guys do not love or sincere rather they are only interested in using the old women to perfect their travelling documents.Sometimes, what played out is nothing but a mere contract between the guys and the aged women.
However, the fact that most of the “arrangee marriages ” by young Nigerians are predisposing factors for sexually transmitted diseases call for caution.
The arrangee marriage thing is largely aided by internet connectivity and social media.
This is a mere observation for deep thoughts by readers.
‘My brother-in-law wants to share bed with me’
A mother of two, Dasola Akinkule, will know on September 6, 2018 whether her prayer to end her eight-year-old marriage to her husband, Tunde Akinkule, will be granted by the Oja-Oba Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Dasola had told the court that Akinkunle hadn’t shown worthy qualities to be her husband as he was “a pathological liar, wicked, useless and careless about the well-being of the family.”
She said she was once compelled to invite the police to arrest him when he allegedly inflicted serious injuries on her with a stick.
The petitioner said when her husband impregnated her, he took her to his family house to stay with his family rather than secure an apartment for both of them.
When Akinkunle eventually rented a room apartment for them, she added, he brought in his younger brother whom she accused of always insisting on sharing the bed with her whenever she wanted to sleep. She frowned, “How could I sleep beside a mature man who is not my husband?”
Dasola told the court that her frustration reached the peak one day when she returned from work to discover her husband had removed all her belongings from their home.
She asked the court to dissolve the marriage and grant her custody of their two children.
But Akinkunle, a driver who lives in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, said his wife was not being sincere with her allegations against him in the court.
He said his wife was a nurse when he met her but, when she could not practise, he advised her to learn how to operate the computer and invested in the business for her.
The petitioner told the court that it was true that his wife was staying with his mother when she had her first pregnancy because he was then working in northern Nigeria.
The respondent, who presented receipts of computer scanners, generators and other business equipment, accused Dasola’s mother of being the problem he had with his wife, describing her as an “intruder” in the marriage.
The president of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, requested for more evidence to prove the real owner of the computer business and demanded to see the two children in court on the next adjournment.
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