The Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Tuesday in Ibadan at an interactive session with stakeholders in food and drugs manufacturing.
The NAFDAC boss said that alcohol packaged in sachets had greatly contributed to increasing drug and alcohol abuse in the society.
Adeyeye said that the agency would also phase out the use of pet bottles used in packaging of alcohol to address the increasing spate of abuse in the country.
She said: “The agency remains undaunted in its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products”.
Adeyeye also said that in order to encourage local manufacture of herbal medicines, the agency was collaborating with traditional herbalists and researchers.
“The agency is keen on having herbal medicines widely accepted as safe, hence we will continue to test them for clinical efficacy before giving full registration status.
“We are also on a mission to turn herbal medicines into products that can be commercialised through collaboration between traditional herbalists and academic researchers.
“In encouraging local manufacturing of medicines that are usually imported, the agency will enforce a five- year importation permit given to manufacturers with a mandate that they produce five years plan geared towards local manufacturing upon renewal.
“In addition, the agency will also give five-year exclusive rights to companies to market their products without competition if they develop food and drugs that show demonstrable research and development innovation.
“This development will be effective before the end of the first quarter of the year,” she said.
Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue
The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.
FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.
The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.
“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”
He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”
Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday
At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.
Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.
However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.
”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.
Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.
He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.
He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.
Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.
However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.
The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.
NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.
The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.
He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.
Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR
He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.
Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.
“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.
“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”
In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.
He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.
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