Local production of pharmaceuticals will ensure safety – Adeyeye

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Friday says local production of pharmaceuticals is the surest means of providing quick access to quality, safe and efficacious medicines.Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-…

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Friday says local production of pharmaceuticals is the surest means of providing quick access to quality, safe and efficacious medicines.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC was speaking in Lagos in respect of an online publication that attributed 63 per cent drop in pharmaceutical importations in two years to naira devaluation and inaccessible forex.

According to Adeyeye, the publication fails to assert that the decline in pharmaceutical imports is partly due to increase in local production.

“As a responsible regulatory agency, it is important that NAFDAC speaks on the write-up and bring up its perspective within the context of improving access to medicines by Nigerians.

“The agency is not oblivious of the numerous challenges confronting the pharmaceutical sector in our country.

“At the recently concluded 74th World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized on the need to strengthen local production of medicines and other health technologies to improve access.

“It is in our humble opinion that in spite of the multitude of challenges confronting the local pharmaceuticals, local production is the surest means of providing quickest access to quality medicines. ,” she said.

She said after the inception of the current NAFDAC administration in 2017 some policies were formulated and targeted towards enhancing local production of pharmaceuticals in the country.

She said some of the policies that were already yielding results include, the Five + Five (5+5) Policy that was aimed at migration of previously imported products that can be manufactured locally.

Others are the Expansion of NAFDAC’s Ceiling list, Establishment of New Pharmaceutical Plants in Nigeria , NAFDAC Tariff Regime on Imported Products and international Certification and Risk Based Classification of Local Drug Manufacturers.

Adeyeye noted that the journey to attain the reduction of importation of drugs by 40 per cent can be achieved if all relevant stakeholders in the industry collaborate to change the narrative.

She said, “the journey to achieve this lofty tasked, though a marathon, can be achieved in a very short time.

“All stakeholders and relevant government agencies in the country must collaborate to change the narratives in favour of enhancing domestic production of pharmaceuticals.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Lagos tourism sector to witness new era of development – Commissioner

The newly sworn-in Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, says the state tourism sector is about to witness a new era of development never seen before.A statement issued by the ministry on Friday, said that Benson-A…

The newly sworn-in Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, says the state tourism sector is about to witness a new era of development never seen before.

A statement issued by the ministry on Friday, said that Benson-Awoyinka made the remark when she addressed management and members of staff of the ministry on assumption of duty.

Benson-Awoyinka, who addressed the staff alongside the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Idris Aregbe, affirmed their readiness to start work immediately.

She, however, solicited the cooperation of the workforce and tourism stakeholders toward attaining the vision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the sector in the state.

“Standing before you are two people ready to work from day one and tourism is about to witness a level of development never seen before. Please, we solicit your cooperation to make this a reality,” she said.

Earlier, while welcoming the commissioner and special adviser to the ministry, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Oloruntoyin Atekoja, said the ministry was glad to have them.

Atekoja pledged the full cooperation and support of the workforce in ensuring that their set goals and objectives are achieved.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Appeal Court upholds election of Bauchi Rep member Jafaru Leko

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, upheld the election of Rep Jafaru Leko as member representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State in the House of Representatives.The three-member panel, presided by Justice La…

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, upheld the election of Rep Jafaru Leko as member representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State in the House of Representatives.

The three-member panel, presided by Justice Lawal Shuaibu, dismissed the appeal filed by Kefas Magaji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it lacked merit.

The court held that the petitioners (Magaji and PDP) failed to prove their case on the preponderance of evidence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (NAN) had declared Leko of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the Feb. 25 general election into the federal constituency seat.

Dissatisfied with the victory, Magaji and the PDP filed a petition challenging Leko’s declaration.

But the National and State Houses of Assembly Elections Tribunal dismissed the petition.

The petitioners proceeded to the Court of Appeal via Appeal No: CA/J/EPT/BA/HR/05/2023 between Barrister Kefas M. Magaji and PDP Vs. Jafaru Gambo Leko, APC and INEC.

Delivering the judgment on Friday, the Appeal Court agreed with the submission of Mr Johnson Usman, SAN, counsel to Leko, that the trial tribunal was right when it dismissed the petition.

The court, which wondered while most of the witnesses presented by the petitioners testified in Hausa Language while their witness statements were made in English, consequently dismissed the appeal and upheld that Jafaru Leko was the winner of the poll.

Speaking to NAN on the outcome of the appeal, Mr Usman said the decision was a victory for democracy.

The senior lawyer said that the court was right when it affirmed the decision of the trial court by holding that the petitioners/appellants failed in its entirety to prove their case both at trial and on appeal.

Mr Israel Usman, lawyer to the petitioner, declined to comment on the development.

He simply said: “Until my client ask me to speak before I can make a comment about the judgment.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Keetmanshoop residents join in clean-up campaign

Keetmanshoop residents on Friday joined the town’s municipality in its two-day clean-up campaign.The residents started cleaning extension 7 informal settlement and along the B1 road.Speaking to the media here, Sherina Witbooi, a municipality employee a…

Keetmanshoop residents on Friday joined the town’s municipality in its two-day clean-up campaign.

The residents started cleaning extension 7 informal settlement and along the B1 road.

Speaking to the media here, Sherina Witbooi, a municipality employee and one of the organisers of the campaign, said the aim of cleaning up along the highway is to ensure that it is clean as it tarnishes the town’s image if it is dirty.

“We will have other clean-up dates, we need to make it a regular event so that the community is aware of the importance of cleaning their surroundings and to have a healthy environment. We need to stay in a clean environment for us and our children to be healthy and we as residents have the responsibility to keep our environment clean,” she said.

A community member, Thusnelde ||Guruses who resides in one of the informal settlements in the town, said she decided to join the campaign to show her children the importance of keeping their surroundings clean.

“My children have to know while they are still young that their surroundings should be clean for hygiene purposes, that’s why I brought them to be part of this and as residents, we should do this on a daily basis to keep our homes clean,” she added.

Silvanus Kock, a student at the University of Namibia southern campus, said “We are currently having an environmental assignment at school on how the environment can be polluted and I deemed it necessary to participate. I am encouraging everybody not to litter because we have to keep the environment clean as there are a lot of things, we gain from the environment such as oxygen, so let us not pollute it.”

Members of the Namibian Defence Force, and employees of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism also joined the municipality and the residents in the clean-up campaign while businesses provided meals to the participants.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Police urge public to surrender illegal firearms

The Namibian Police Force are urging the public to surrender all illegal firearms, ammunition, armaments and all unwanted firearms at any police station countrywide.Deputy Commissioner Mathew Nakadhilu of the Oshikoto Regional Police Headquarters state…

The Namibian Police Force are urging the public to surrender all illegal firearms, ammunition, armaments and all unwanted firearms at any police station countrywide.

Deputy Commissioner Mathew Nakadhilu of the Oshikoto Regional Police Headquarters stated this in an interview with Nampa on Friday.

Nakadhilu stated that as part of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps for Silencing of Guns in Africa by the Year 2020 and its recent extension to the year 2030, Member States are encouraged to undertake activities on the surrender and collection of illegal weapons during September 2023.

“In this regard, the Cabinet had already approved the extension and granting of the amnesty every month of September,” reported Nakadhilu.

He said Africa Amnesty Month had been launched before its commencement at the end of August, paving the way for the African Amnesty Month to take place from 01-30 September.

“The recently held Senior Command Conference Resolution 7 directed regional commanders to sensitise the community on the silencing of guns and African Amnesty Month in September during the community awareness campaign,” said Nakadhilu.

Nakadhilu reported that they recovered 22 rifles, 14 shotguns, 11 pistols, five air guns, three AK47s and 1 482 rounds of ammunition in September 2021 and 1 200 rifles and four pistols last year September.

He stated that it is important to note that no person will be persecuted during the amnesty period of 01-30 September 2023.

“Do not miss this period, once the amnesty period has expired those that are found in possession of unlicensed firearms, armaments or ammunition will face the full wrath of the law. Please make the right choice to surrender firearms and make Namibia safe,” urged Nakadhilu.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

International ozone layer day celebrated at Gobabis

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was celebrated at Gobabis on Friday.International ozone layer day is celebrated on 16 September every year, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, and it has been cele…

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was celebrated at Gobabis on Friday.

International ozone layer day is celebrated on 16 September every year, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, and it has been celebrated in Namibia since 1996.

During the event, Omaheke Region Governor Pijoo Nganate thanked the stakeholders for being part of ensuring that Namibia remains compliant to international protocol by observing such important days.

“I wish to commend all stakeholders for their unwavering support and concerted efforts in making this protocol a success. I also would like to extend our gratitude to all our Customs and Excise officers within and across our borders for their efforts in combatting illegal trade of ozone layer-depleting substances and ensuring that our country remains compliant to their protocol obligations,” he said.

Nganate further acknowledged vocational training centres for their effort in imparting alternative technological knowledge to the informal and formal industries respectively.

Ruben Fransisco, Acting General Manager of Information Communication Technology at the Namibian Training Authority, in his speech highlighted the importance of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to safeguard the ozone layers.

“It serves as a reminder of the challenges that persist and the responsibilities we bear to secure a sustainable future for our planet. The collaboration between technical institution the Gobabis Vocational Training Centre and the heating, ventilation, and cooling industry is a testimony to our commitment to innovation and sustainable practices,” he said.

Fransisco furthermore said when different institutions work together they can harness the power of technology, research and education to drive positive changes.

“Our shared mission is to develop and implement environmentally-friendly heating, ventilation and cooling solutions that not only enhance human comfort but also minimise the depletion of the ozone layer and reduce our carbon footprint,” he indicated.

Fransisco emphasised the importance of education and awareness, as their institution’s role of research and development and beyond.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Geingob remembers late Hishongwa for his political role

Late Ambassador Hadino Hishongwa was a hero, kind-hearted, loving, trustworthy and a mentor who left indelible footprints as a diplomat for Swapo in West Africa, the former West Germany, Australia and the Nordic countries during the 1970s.These were th…

Late Ambassador Hadino Hishongwa was a hero, kind-hearted, loving, trustworthy and a mentor who left indelible footprints as a diplomat for Swapo in West Africa, the former West Germany, Australia and the Nordic countries during the 1970s.

These were the words of President Hage Geingob to describe the late Hishongwa at a memorial service held in his honour at Onekwaya in the Endola Constituency of the Ohangwena Region on Friday.

Geingob in a speech read on his behalf by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, said through his commitment and sterling efforts, Swapo was able to receive Volvo vehicles from Sweden which enabled the party to be mobile and therefore aided their Liberation Struggle greatly.

Later on, in the 1980s, he opened a Swapo Office in Austria and the Pacific countries as the Swapo Chief Representative after which he returned to Angola and was again appointed as Swapo’s secretary for youth in 1987.

“Even though at this stage he was 44 years old and no longer technically a youth, Swapo trusted him because he was a tried, tested, loyal and disciplined cadre who was committed and best suited to advancing the issues of the party youth cadres,” he said.

Hishongwa’s widow Ester Nghishiiko-Hishongwa described her late husband as a hardworking person, who entertained no laziness in any form or shape.

Nghishiiko-Hishongwa stated that hard work for her late husband was like a hobby, and any time he decided to do something he would stand up and do it.

“He was a man of great stamina, and when he starts doing something, he will press on until he accomplishes it even if it means it was not perfectly done,” she added.

Nghishiiko-Hishongwa indicated that her late husband was among those who restored the Oukwanyama Kingdom.

Meanwhile, mourners after mourners described Hishongwa as a gift not only to his family but the Namibian people at large, an educator and inspiration to many people.

Hishongwa served as the Swapo Chief Representative to the Nordic countries, West and East Africa, Swapo Organiser for Returning Exiles, for Youth and Elections and Foreign Secretary of the National Union of Namibian Workers.

He also served in Namibia’s Executive as Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport, Deputy Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development and has been a member of the National Assembly for 15 years.

Following his retirement from public office, Hishongwa went on to serve the community as Senior Headman of Omhedi District in the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority until his passing aged 80 on 01 September 2023.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency