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COVID-19: NAFDAC approves clinical trials of Chloroquine in Lagos

NAFDAC has ordered the manufacturing of Chloroquine for an emergency stock for clinical treatment of Coronavirus.



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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the manufacturing of Chloroquine for an emergency stock for clinical treatment of Coronavirus.

The agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said that the decision was made to toe the path of other countries that had adopted the drug for treating Covid-19.


In an interview on Channels Television on Monday, Adeyeye noted that the clinical trials of the old antimalarial drugs would start in Lagos where the highest figures have been recorded so far.

“Lagos State will be starting a clinical trial on chloroquine to evaluate the effectiveness.

“Other researchers in France, the US have used the drug for the clinical trial treatment of COVID-19 and they reported the effectiveness of the drug,” she said.

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NCDC warns Nigerians against use of chloroquine for COVID-19

She noted that China had demonstrations that showed chloroquine was effective in treating COVID-19.

“In a very recent publication, chloroquine was reported in a press briefing by the State Council of China, indicating that chloroquine phosphate had demonstrated marked efficacy and acceptable safety in treating COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multi-centre clinical trials conducted in China. 

“The study involved 10 hospitals in Wuhan, Jingzhou, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Ningbo, and 100 patients. 

“The investigators reported that Chloroquine phosphate is superior to the control in inhibiting pneumonia associated with COVID-19 and shortening the course of the disease. 


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She noted that chloroquine had been discontinued in Nigeria many years ago for use as anti-malarial because of parasitic resistance, but added that NAFDAC had approached a local manufacturer to make a batch of the drug.

“About four weeks ago, I approached a local manufacturing company (May and Baker), a member of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (PMGMAN), whose flagship product in the past was chloroquine to make a batch of the drug for emergency stock.

“The company had NAFDAC approval for the production of the drug as antimalarial many years ago before the discontinuation,” she stated.

Regulatory activities of NAFDAC would be put in place to ensure that the clinical trial followed the laid-down protocol.

She observed that despite initial difficulties of the company to get the API since the production had been discontinued, they eventually got it and had manufactured a batch for the emergency stock, and was ready to make more if infections increase.


NAFDAC, however, advised the public to desist from the use of Chloroquine without the guidance of a medical doctor or clinician for treatment of COVID-19, noting that the drug has severe side effects including gastrointestinal upset, blurred vision, headache, and pruritis (itching).

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career. As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via

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  1. Max

    May 15, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I hope this sellout NAFDAC boss and the sellout members of the nigerian govt who signed up of for these dubious trials are going to be the test subjects for the trials and not some poor people who are going to be lied to and enticed to be guinea pigs without explaining to them the risks of such trials or even obtaining their consent. I really wonder when our worthless government will stop using its people as guinea pigs for western pharmaceutical interests…smh

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Covid-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 24th of May 2020, 313 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 7,839.



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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria has continued to rise rapidly as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed Nigeria now has 7,839 confirmed cases.

On the 24th of May 2020, 313 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.


To date, 7839 cases have been confirmed, 2263 cases have been discharged and 226 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 44,458 tests.

The 313 new cases were reported from 17 states- Lagos (148), FCT (36), Rivers (27), Edo (19), Kano (13), Ogun (12), Ebonyi (11), Nasarawa (8), Delta (8), Oyo (7), Plateau (6), Kaduna (5), Kwara (4), Akwa Ibom (3), Bayelsa (3), Niger (2), Anambra (1).

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In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4.

The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 3505, followed by Kano (896), Abuja at 505, Katsina (308), Borno (250), Jigawa (241), Oyo (240), Bauchi (232), Ogun (231), Edo (191), Kaduna (189),  Gombe (145),  Sokoto and Rivers (116), Plateau (83).

Kwara State has recorded 79 cases, Yobe (47), Nasarawa (46), Osun (42), Delta (39), Ebonyi (33), Kebbi (32), Niger (28), Adamawa (27), Akwa Ibom (24), Ondo (23), Ekiti (20), Taraba and Enugu (18), Bayelsa (11), Anambra (9), Imo and Abia (7), while Benue state has recorded 5 cases.

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British High Commission releases flight schedule for final evacuation

The commission also made provisions for nationals who are cash strapped.



The British High Commission has released flight schedules to evacuate its nationals from Nigeria within a fortnight.

In a video made available to Nairametrics, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, stressed that they would be the final evacuation flights from Nigeria back to the United Kingdom, and urged nationals to take advantage of it.


Speaking about eligibility, Laing stated:

“These flights are aimed at British nationals and dual nationals who are normally resident in the UK, and their immediate dependents. We’ll be prioritising people who are already on our waiting list.
“After that, we will allocate seats on a first come first served basis, and those of you who are non-British nationals but have indefinite leave to remain in the UK could also be eligible. We will pick up any foreign nationals if we have seats available.”

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There will be flights from Lagos to London on May 29, and June 1, 2020, while the flights from Abuja to London will only run on June 6, 2020.
There are also arrangements to pick up stranded nationals in Port Harcourt, and connect them to Abuja where they will board the flight home.

According to Laing, the Commission will be using Virgin Airlines for its Lagos flights and Titan Airways to convey nationals from Abuja.

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What it will cost


Britons taking the flight from Lagos will be expected to pay £445 for their tickets, while passengers from Abuja will pay £600.

Laing added that the commission has also made provisions for nationals who are cash strapped.
“If you are struggling and you have exhausted all other means, there are loans available,” she said.

Bookings are to be made at the ‘return to the UK’ part of their travel advise page, and details of the loans can also be found there.

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MTN Nigeria Communications Plc announces N100 billion commercial paper issuance

MTN Nigeria notified the public of it proposed Commercial Paper Issuance under its N100 billion Commercial Paper (“CP”) Issuance Programme.   



MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has notified the public of it’s proposed Commercial Paper Issuance (series 1 & 2 commercial paper issuance N50billion each) under its N100 billion Commercial Paper (“CP”) Issuance Programme.

The proceeds from the CP issuance will be used to support MTN Nigeria’s working capital and general corporate purposes. This issuance under the CP Programme represents MTN Nigeria’s debut in the domestic debt capital market.


Highlights of the report are as follows:

Arranger: Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited

Minimum subscription: N5 million

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Issuance size: N100 billion (series 1 & 2 commercial paper issuance N50billion each)

Tax consideration: Free and clear of withholding Taxes

MTNN is the leading telecommunications operator in the largest telecoms market in Africa. The company is the largest mobile operator and undisputed market leader in Nigeria, as measured by total mobile subscribers (c. 70 million), active data users (c. 26.8 million), revenue (almost 50% of industry), and profit pool. 

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MTNN is well-positioned for the long term, with its unmatched investments in its infrastructure – most expansive 2G, 3G, and 4G network, largest fibre network (c. 29,000km) that spans across Nigeria, largest physical and digital distribution platform, and wide range of spectrum holdings – and the exciting market opportunity Nigeria brings.


Nigeria offers an attractive telco market proposition as Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. Mobile voice and data subscription will continue to be a major part of consumer spending, largely driven by increased adoption by the young population.

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It is important to note that in the recent COVID-19 environment, MTNN has continued to sustainably add new subscribers, and customer voice and data usage remains resilient.

MTNN is rated Aa+ by Agusto & Co. which reflects the company’s history of strong financial performance – record revenue in excess of N1 trillion (largest revs by a listed corporate), stable and healthy operating profit metrics (+53% EBITDA margin), comfortably low leverage (0.4x Net Debt/EBITDA, 10.8x interest coverage) that is predominantly local currency, and strong free cash flow.

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