NAFDAC director calls for establishment of test-labs in states

NAFDAC office
The National Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday canvassed the establishment of test-laboratories across the 36 states to help in effective monitoring of foods and drugs.
The Deputy Director and Kwara State Coordinator, Mrs Roseline Ajayi, made the call in an interview with the newsmen in Ilorin.
The NAFDAC state director observed that it was expensive to establish laboratories, but expressed optimism that government would buy the idea of establishing more labs across the country.
According to her, most times stakeholders often become disgruntled in the long following tedious process of taking drugs or product for analysis elsewhere.
“We do not have laboratory in all states but I believe in future we may have in every state, for now our zonal laboratory is in Lagos.
“We have drugs, food and vaccine laboratories there and the lab in Lagos to take care of all the south-west and Kwara.
“The sample will go there and the report will recommend such product for registration, subject to satisfactory laboratory report,” she said.
Ajayi said the laboratories have the responsibility of examining physical and laboratory parameters on chemicals, after checks and balances, pronouncement are then made.
“The agency has seven laboratories spread across the various regions of the country. They serve the respective states that make up the regions,” she said.
She explained that the Agency is charged with the responsibilities of regulating and controlling products, such as food, drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, sachet water and veterinary medicine and other related products.
Ajayi noted that though registration of drugs and foods process begins in the state level, it also requires reporting to zonal office, as there are no laboratories in all the states.

Benue Residents Take Protest To National Assembly

Some indigenes of Benue State have taken their search for justice for victims of herdsmen killings to the National Assembly.
They took their protest to the legislature, occupying the entrance of the National Assembly, on Thursday, 48 hours after both chambers of the lawmakers debated the issue.
The protesters demanded that both the Senate and the House of Representatives speed up their investigations, and ensure that all those behind the killings face the law.
The Deputy Minority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Chukwuka Onyema, who addressed the protesters on behalf of the Federal lawmakers gave assurance of the government to address the situation once and for all.
“We have set up a panel, the panel is going to come back to us and tell us their findings. I don’t think anyone in his right senses will sit down and allow this kind of thing (the killings) to happen. We have called on security agencies and we are going to do our best. You will hear of our resolutions and when we come up with our resolution, I think the whole of Benue will be proud of us,” Onyema said.
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Emmanuel Adebayor: Former Arsenal star calls Arsene Wenger ‘fake’

Emmanuel Adebayor reveals his admiration for Jose Mourinho while branding Arsene Wenger ‘fake’ Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has branded Arsene Wenger ‘fake’ blasting the manager for chasing him out of the club. Adebayor revealed in an interview that he wanted to stay at Arsenal. “I was like ‘I’m going to stay.’ He was like ‘no there is not even a fight organised. We are not going to organise any fight for you. You move out or you stay here and don’t play any games,”  he told Turkish television show Beyond The Game. The former Arsenal goal poacher expressed his displeasure at Wenger accusing him of leaving because he wanted more money after his move to Manchester City. “And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from,” the Istanbul Basaksehir striker said. Adebayor stated that it was after the accusation from Wenger that he developed hatred for the club and the manager.The 33 year old after completing his move to Manchester City scored against Arsenal and celebrated by running over to the Arsenal supporters.”I play for the club for three and a half years. They bought me for three or four million they sold me for 27 million they still calling me names. They are still telling me I leave for money?, he said explaining his infamous celebratuion. “You can insult me no problem, but telling me my father washes elephants?.”Admiration for MourinhoThe striker who now plays in Turkey however, revealed that he forever admires Jose Mourinho who he played for at Real Madrid. He said  “Mourinho is the one of the managers I loved and will always love. “He is one of the [most] honest managers I have met in my career, which is crazy because most of the managers are all kind of like fake.”Adebayor made 104 appearances for the Gunners and scored 46 goals, he also represented Metz, Monaco, Tottenham, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Yakubu Dogara: Bauchi gov and speaker are fighting, here’s why

Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Gov Abubakar of Bauchi aren’t really the best of friends. Pulse has learnt why. The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, aren’t the best of friends. The pair have endured a frosty relationship since Dogara was elected speaker in contravention of the zoning principle of the governing APC, a top aide of the Bauchi State governor disclosed on the condition of anonymity because he hadn’t been authorized to comment on the subject.  “You see, Dogara now considers his Excellency an enemy because the governor didn’t back his speakership ambition. And the reason the governor didn’t support Dogara’s ambition to be speaker is because the APC had zoned the position of speaker to the Southwest. Ideally, as governor, your default mode is to always respect the position of your party and that’s what Abubakar did”, the aide told Pulse.The coupOn June 9, 2015, Yakubu Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency in Bauchi state, was elected Speaker of the 8th Assembly.Dogara polled 182 votes to defeat Femi Gbajabiamila who racked up 174 votes. Gbajabiamila who hails from the Southwest, was the APC’s handpicked candidate for the position of speaker. The governing party had zoned the position of speaker to the Southwest geopolitical region of the country and the post of senate president to the Northeast.But the lawmakers had other ideas.The senate had also masterminded a similar coup with Bukola Saraki outwitting his political party to emerge senate president, even though Ahmed Lawan of Yobe State was the APC’s choice for the position. The Bauchi gov’s aide told Pulse that after Dogara emerged speaker, he rejected all peace offerings from the governor and their relationship has been the worse for it. BeefPulse learnt that Dogara now regards the Bauchi governor as the enemy for not backing his speakership bid. The governor’s aide said; “when he became speaker, Gov Abubakar told him, look, let’s work together since you are now the 4th most powerful man in the country and you are from Bauchi. But the speaker isn’t keen on accepting the governor’s olive branch”. Another aide said; “they may laugh in public or tell you everything is okay between them, but behind the scenes, the relationship between them is a tense one. Everything about Bauchi is drama, drama. We just love drama here”. Dividends of democracyDuring an interview with Vanguard in May of 2017, Dogara admitted that there was a cold war going on between himself and the governor. He however said he had fallen out with the governor over non provision of democracy dividends to the people.”It wasn’t because he refused to support me to be speaker, it wasn’t because anybody had reported him”, Dogara said.  “It was because the people were getting so angry that they decided to take their  destiny in their hands and everybody knows. You can find out from them in Bauchi that that was the direction we were heading to, a very dangerous direction and the president needed to intervene.”In Bauchi, the moment Ahmadu Muazu left governance, development stopped in Bauchi. Clearly no new district has been opened, the whole capital is crammed up, there’s no water, challenges left, right and centre, we cannot continue like that. “This is not a struggle between I and governor M.A Abubakar because I want to contest for Governor, it is a struggle between forces of good and forces of retrogression, between who wants to see advancement in Bauchi State and those who say they are offering leadership while they are just filling their pockets”.

Boroffice welcomes Oke, others to APC

Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District has applauded the return of the former legal adviser of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olusola Oke and his supporters to the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Ondo State.
Oke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN ), and a 2016 governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy ( AD ), defected to APC on Thursday in Akure with his supporters.
Boroffice commendation is contained in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Kayode Fakuyi, on Friday in Akure.
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“The senator is delighted to note that the laudable efforts of himself and other party leaders to woo politicians from other political parties to join the APC have started yielding positive results.
“As a matter of fact, the wave of defection is currently blowing across Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Lagos States,” it read.
The statement added that in the weeks ahead, APC would receive more political gladiators into its fold.
It urged the defectors to quickly perfect their membership registration in order to join hands with party leaders to build a united and formidable party in the state.
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Gombe lawmaker says God created herdsmen to value cows over human lives

The lawmaker rebuked Nigerians for being too impatient to have conversations about issues. A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aishatu Dukku, believes that the reason for the ongoing farmers/herders clashes in the country is because God created herdsmen to value cows over human lives.The representative of Dakku, Nafada constituency in Gombe state, made the comments during plenary session on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, when the lower legislative chamber was discussing the recent killings allegedly orchestrated by herdsmen in Benue and Taraba.The lawmaker rebuked Nigerians for being too impatient to have conversations about issues and said the fact that herders value cows over human lives is not their fault.She said, “I don’t know why Nigerians have become so edgy now. Maybe because of the food we eat; we eat so much of maggi. We have become so impatient that we don’t want to listen to each other. We don’t want to proffer solutions that will be workable to our country. “Mr. Speaker, I sit here and my colleague is saying the herdsman values his cows more than the lives he is killing, but it’s not true. You can’t sit down here and just make conclusions. “Yes, the herdsman values even the life of the cow more than his own life. That is how God has created him.”In response, lawmaker representing Ado/Obadigbo/Opkokwu in Benue State, Honourable Hassan Saleh, fired back at Honourable Dukku’s statement. “No cow, not even 10 billion cows, has enough value like a human being. So when you say God has created them (herdsmen) in such a manner that they value their cows more than human beings, I find that very insulting and demeaning,” he replied.

John Ekoko: Environmentalist urges LASG to rid Lagos streets of refuse

According to him, mountains of refuse are gradually returning to the streets of Lagos while the whole area stinks of stench from decaying refuse all over the streets and highways. An environmentalist, Mr John Ekoko, on Friday, urged the Lagos State Government to rid the streets of Lagos and highways of refuse.Ekoko made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.According to him, mountains of refuse are gradually returning to the streets of Lagos while the whole area stinks of stench from decaying refuse all over the streets and highways.”It is obvious that the New Lagos Clean Initiative, adopted by the State Government to clear refuse in Lagos has failed.”The refuse on Lagos streets is now the result of policy failure, which everyone is against in the country.”Instead of stopping the existing system by fiat, the government should divide the state into zones and allow the other refuse operators to still perform their duties.”If that has been done, Lagos would not have been in this mess and that the spirit of competition would allow sanity in the system,” he said.Ekoko, who was the former Chairman of the Nigerian Environmental Society, Lagos Island chapter (NESLIC), said it was not too late for the State Government to allow competition in the system.He said by this way, the government would bring back life into its strategy of ensuring proper disposal of waste in the state.Ekoko said that the disaster on the environment would manifest later in form of health risks as a result of contamination of water bodies and water borne diseases.NAN reports that refuse is now an eyesore in each of the Local Government Areas of the state, as refuse dispersal has become rampant.From Idumota area of Lagos Island to Oyingbo in Mainland, Ikeja, Kosofe, Apapa-Iganmu, Steve and Ajegune-Ajeromi among others, the situation was the same.The Lagos State Government under its clean initiative, gave the task of refuse collection and disposal to Visionscape International, however, it seemed the task has overwhelmed the company.

Fernandinho Signs New Two-Year Contract With Manchester City

Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho, has signed a new two-year deal with Manchester City.
The 32- year-old was into the final six months of his previous contract at the club.
But City have warded off interest from clubs who would have been able to sign him this month ahead of a summer move.
There was concern at the Etihad that he may walk away for free after several failed attempts to agree a new deal.
But the saga is now over as City look to maintain their dominance in the league which has seen them go 12 points clear.
Fernandinho has enjoyed a new lease of life under Pep Guardiola and has excelled at the base of City’s midfield this season and even netted twice.
Fernandinho joined Manchester City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 for a fee of £30million and won with them the Premier League title in 2014 and has clinched two League Cups.
The deal will delight boss Guardiola after having to pull out of a move for Alexis Sanchez because of the cost.
The Chilean was thought to be on his way to reunite with the Spaniard but his wage demands have seen him on the brink of a move to rivals United.
City take on Newcastle at the weekend as they look to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Liverpool last week.

Abdullahi Set To Join Troost-Ekong, Agu At Bursaspor

By Adeboye Amosu‎: Nigerian defender, Shehu Abdullahi, is close to complete a move from Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta to Bursaspor of Turkey, reports Completesportsnigeria. com (CSN ).
According to a report in Turkish online news outlet, bursahakimiyet.com.tr, Bursaspor representatives met with some Anorthosis representatives on Thursday and agreed in principle for the transfer of the player to the former before the the end of the current transfer window.
Abdullahi’s possible arrival will increase the number of Nigerians at the Green and White to three, with the duo of William Troost-Ekong and Mikel Agu already key members of the team.
Final negotiation, according to the report, will hold today, with Abdullahi expected to sign a two-and-half year contract depending on the outcome of the meeting.
The 24-year-old joined Anothosis in 2016 from Portuguese club Uniao da Madeira.
The former Kano Pillars player has made 18 league appearances for Anorthosis this season.
He is a strong contender for a place in Nigeria’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

INTERVIEW – Afonja Warrior: I’ll Bring Home The ABU Title From Morocco, Support Home...

Nigeria and West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) Middleweight champion Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed will take on Moroccan boxer, Bilel Jkitou, for the vacant Africa Boxing Union (ABU) title.
 
The fight comes up on Saturday, 20  January, in Morocco.
 
Prior to departing for Morocco, Rasheed, in this exclusive interview with completesportsnigeria.com‘s JAMES AGBEREBI, talks  about his chances against Jkitou, how he hopes to use his experience of losing in England in the fight and also rooting for the home-based Super Eagles to win the ongoing 2018 CHAN in Morocco.
What is your expectations from your upcoming fight in Morocco?
I am well prepared for the fight. This is my opportunity for me to go for  the ABU title. It is a vacant title and I am confident of bringing it home. I will defeat Bilel Jkitou,‎ by God’s grace.
Have you ever fought a North African before?
No, this is the first time I will fight  someone from North Africa, but there is no difference fighting someone from North or West Africa.
I can see my experience from fighting in England and Ghana as an advantage for me. I learnt some things over there. During my fight at the last GOtv Boxing Night (Dececember 26) against the Ghanian boxer, I was able to use my experience from other big fights to defeat him.
What  do you know about your opponent, Bilel Jkitou?
I have watched his past fights.  In fact,  I watched his last fight and I can say he doesn’t have my kind of record. I have 15 fights while he has eight, though he has never lost, but I am confident of beating him. I don’t care whether he will be fighting at home.
Talking about fighting Bilel in his country, Morocco, don’t you think home support  will favour him?
When I fought in England, I learnt a lot . So now I know how to arrange my fights. There is nothing they can do to me over there in Morocco. Like I said, I have promised the
country that I will be coming home with the belt.
Looking back to when you fought in England and lost to Sam Sheedy last April, what are those things you have learnt going into this fight?
When I went to England, I was maltreated. All what I needed they did not give me. There was no training camp, no gym to train, I was training in the cold. The weather wanted to
change my body system but because of the way I use to train back home, I was able to adapt. And talking about the fight against Sam Sheedy, I know I did not lose the fight, but
due to home advantage, I lost. Even Sheedy confessed that I won the fight but because he is their boy, they decided to give him the fight.
This is an opportunity for me. I am not scared of any white man because my fight in England was the first time I fought against a white boxer. I don’t want to sound too boastful, all I want to do is go there, beat him and return with the belt.
Let’s look at support for you concerning this fight. Is there any support coming from any where?
Truth is, there is no support coming from any where. But Remi Aboderin is my manager, he is the only person I see. If there is anybody that has anything to give me, I don’t
know. But Remi Aboderin is the only person that I know and I appreciate whatever he gives me.
Bilel Jkitou
Don’t you think lack of support could affect you?
As we all know, in Nigeria, you have to work really hard before you become popular. And I thank God that since I became a professional boxer, I don’t rely on anybody. I focus on my training so that is it for me.
Do you have an idea how much you will make from this fight?
Whatever contract that comes, it first gets to the manager. And being someone that is looking for record, you cannot be going after money. It’s when  you are through with
the job at hand, then it  will start to yield dividend. It’s just like a business, when you are through with the business, you will now see your profit. So if I start to tell you this is how much I signed for the fight, you will be like so why am I stressing myself.
So you don’t have an idea how much you will get after the fight?
Yes. But I know after the fight, I will become a millionaire by God grace. If I bring the belt home, I will be opportuned to meet a lot of people. Like my state governor in Kwara State (Abdulfatah Ahmed), I’m going to meet him. I will meet Lagos state governor (Akinwunmi Ambode), even my king at my place, I will meet him. Also, I will get somethings from people close to me. So I believe after the fight, I will become a millionaire.
How have you been able to handle your popularity as a boxer especially in your area you live?
Though boxing has made me popular, but I am still the same Afonja that they know. Even some of the money I make, I share with my fans. I even have to share with area boys. So being a popular boxer has not changed me, I still remain the same person.
Finally,  the home-based Super Eagles are in Morocco for the 2018 CHAN, are you going to be supporting them?
Of coure, I will surely support my country. And I believe we are coming home with joy, football together with boxing, We  will  come  back from Morocco with joy.

Kim Kardashian: Reality star speaks on not carrying her 3rd child, goes nude again

Kim Kardashian for the first time writes about her experience with a surrogate. Kim Kardashian is a proud mother of a newborn baby girl and she has revealed her experiences and challenges before the child’s birth.In an article “The Truth Behind My Pregnancy Decision”, written on her website, Kim Kardashian explained that the woman who helped carry the pregnancy was actually her “gestational carrier”. She however stressed that the child was a product of herself and Kanye West.”Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye’s. You can either choose someone that you know or you can go through an agency, like Kanye and I did” she wrote. Kim Kardashian also spoke about how hard it was for her not carry her own child and the connections she had with her daughter the moment she was born.”People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me, it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint. It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give.ALSO READ: Kim Kardashian is proud to be a mother of three”The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true” she said Still celebrating the arrival of her child, the beautiful mother of three on Friday January 19, 2018, released a nude photo of herself. Kim looks really hot and sexy as usual.

Dokpesi’s alleged N2.1bn fraud trial adjourned until Feb. 6

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned until Feb. 6, the trial of erstwhile Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, over alleged N2.1bn fraud.
Justice John Tsoho, fixed the date after the 11th prosecution witness, Mr Gabriel Agorye, testified on Friday.
Agorye, led in evidence by Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the prosecuting counsel, said that he withdrew N40 million for Dokpesi from his First Bank account.
Agorye also told the court that he was Dokpesi’s personal assistant and ran errands for him.
The witness also said that some monies were paid into his personal account which he withdrew and gave to his boss.
Under cross examination by Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), the witness told the court that he did not know the source of the monies that he withdrew for Dokpesi’s from his account.
He added that he did not know if the money was proceeds of an illegitimate transaction.
“I cannot say that the source of the money was illegitimate, and I do not know the uses to which the monies were put to,” the witness said.
Justice Tsoho discharged the witness and adjourned the matter until Feb. 6 and 7 for continuation of trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dokpesi is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) over alleged N2.1 billion fraud.

Biafra: Man digs up his father’s gun from the civil war

A man on Facebook unearths his father’s gun that he used during the Biafran war A Facebook User’s post has resurrected memories; Memories from 51 years ago.Dike BarukShalom Chukwudi shared photos of his father and an old rusted gun which was unearthed in their family compound.ALSO READ: Have you ever heard of the 12-day Niger Delta Republic war?He goes on to tell the tale of war and how his father had hidden his weapons which identified him as a Biafran soldier back in the day.Read the touching post below: As tales by moonlight go, this family will be having an interesting night… Complete with a full moon.

Wande Coal: Nigerian singer, releases new video `Turkey Nla’

The former Mavins Records strong man took to his twitter handle @wandecoal on Thursday to announce the released of the video stating: “Turkey Nla video out now!!!’’ Nigerian song writer and singer, Oluwatobi Ojosipe popularly known as `Wande Coal’ has released a new music video titled `Turkey Nla’The former Mavins Records strong man took to his twitter handle @wandecoal on Thursday to announce the released of the video stating: “Turkey Nla video out now!!!’’The colourful three minutes and 57 seconds video features Olamide’s `shaku shaku’ dance in all forms.It was directed by a multi ward winning music video director, Olalekan Buhari popularly known as `Unlimited L.A’The `kick’ and `rotate’ hit maker got signed to Don Jazzy’s defunct Mo’Hit Records in 2006.The `Curriculum Studies’ graduate of University of Lagos decided to pitched tent with Don Jazzy’ s Mavins Records after D’Banj and Don Jazzy went their separates ways in 2012.After a brief stay at Mavins Record, the multiple award winner also referred to as `Black Diamond’ left in 2013 and established his own record label `Black Diamond’.In 2015, Coal dropped his sophomore album `Wanted’ under his Black Diamond Records.

ALAT by Wema wins Best Digital Bank Award from World Finance Magazine

ALAT by Wema, Nigeria’s first fully digital bank, has won two awards at the prestigious World Finance Awards 2017. The bank, launched in May 2017, was named Best Digital Bank, Nigeria and Best Mobile App, Nigeria by a judging panel of finance and business journalists, with the awards announced in the Winter 2018 issue of […]
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