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FG shuts down 6 pharmaceutical firms for violating NAFDAC regulations

The FG has announced the shutdown of 6 pharmaceutical manufacturing companies for non-compliance with NAFDAC policy.

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The Federal Government has announced the shutdown of 6 pharmaceutical manufacturing companies for non-compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

This was disclosed by NAFDAC’s DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement on Monday, in Abuja.

READ: NAFDAC destroys fake products worth N1.32 billion 

Prof. Adeyeye said that NAFDAC acted in line with its policy of zero tolerance for the circulation of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.

  • “The Pharmaceutical companies were shut down following a nationwide surveillance of their manufacturing activities. These local manufacturers, in spite of appropriate notification failed to meet minimum Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards in line with extant requirements to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of Pharmaceutical products.

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The DG said criminal non-regulatory activities by some drug makers were also discovered, following the surveillance exercise.

Prof. Adeyeye also stated that shutting down the 6 pharmaceutical companies’ operations should serve as a warning to other companies that failed to meet the GMP requirements, and added that companies that had been shut down would remain closed until they meet the full requirements.

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What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported last month that Prof. Adeyeye said the agency had blacklisted Mars Remedies PVT Limited, India.
  • The agency said the Indian company violated the NAFDAC Act, noting with dismay that it displayed a flagrant disregard for compliance with global standards necessary to assure the production of quality assured products.

READ: FG grants new MSMEs 80% discount on NAFDAC registration

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FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

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The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

This was disclosed in a social media statement issued by Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, on behalf of the Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Monday.

What the Minister said

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the FG today in Abuja, congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.

Aregbesola who believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.

He assured that the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring economic prosperity of our dear nation,” he emphasised.

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Insecurity: Police to investigate threats by IPOB, Oodua Republic agitators in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Commissioner has revealed that threats by IPOB and Oodua Republic have come under its intelligence radar.

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The Nigerian Police says it will investigate threats made by separatist groups including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and agitators of Oodua Republic to attack soft targets in Lagos.

This was disclosed by Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State in a meeting to discuss insecurity in the state at Alausa in Ikeja, on Monday, according to a Vanguard report.

What the Police is saying about alleged IPOB and Oodua Republic threats in Lagos

“Our intelligence report revealed that, most miscreants now: Use abandoned buildings as hideouts and in most cases, initiation camp, use uncompleted buildings, dwelling house and hotels to hibernate before and after the commission of a crime,” the Police Chief said.

Furthermore, the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command intelligence gathering and other security services in the state. Strategies are being put in place to neutralize their activities.

Similarly, the command has taken notice of agitators for the Oodua Republic by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in the state. 24 of these groups have been identified and are being closely monitored.

The command is using this medium to solicit for the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the slogan of “when you see something, say something,” he added.

What you should know

Today, the Lagos State Police Command said in a statement that: “Increase in robbery incidents were as a result of people migrating from troubled states down to Lagos. The government and relevant security agencies including RRS are doing their best in protecting members of the public.”

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