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Council seals 218 drug outlets in C/River, inducts 393



Council seals 218 drug outlets in C/River, inducts 393

Mr Elijah Mohammed, the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says the council has sealed 218 drug outlets in Cross River over non-compliance to legal operational provisions.

In a statement giving the council’s August update, he explained that the PCN National Enforcement Team visited Cross River and sealed 210 Patent Medicine Shops and 8 pharmacies.

“In the process, seven people were arrested for gross misconduct and they will be charged to court.

“The council’s continuous efforts is to ensure that the public is guaranteed good pharmaceutical environment, and PCN enforcement activities on illegal premises has been regular nationwide,’’ Mohammed said.

The registrar also said that 393 new pharmacists were inducted into the noble profession; 153 from Madonna University, 71 from University of Jos and 27 from Kaduna State University.

He added that 33 were inducted from the University of Ilorin, adding that there were 109 successful participants of the first cycle of Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Orientation Programme (FPGOP).

Mohammed welcomed the new pharmacists into the noble profession and the council made accreditation visit to Bayero University, Kano.

He commended pharmacists that had completed their annual or premises registration for the year, and encouraged those yet to renew their practicing or premises licenses to do so, as registration was on-going.

The registrar disclosed that the council was working hard towards gathering a reliable data base on pharmacists and premises to assist government in planning for the health needs of the citizenry.

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UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali




The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday’s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), said the council in a press statement.

The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.

The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay.

They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers.

They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.


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Council boss approves construction of 14 boreholes in A’ Ibom




Sunday Bassey

Mkpat Enin (Akwa Ibom) June 12, 2020 Mr Ekanem Brown, Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, has approved the construction of 14 boreholes across the 14 wards of the area.

Brown stated this while handing over the cheque for the project to the contractor, Mr Umoh Ebenezar, on Friday in Mkpat Enin.

He said that the project would be executed through direct labour, adding that it was to begin immediately since the contractor had been provided with sufficient fund to mobilise to site.

The council chairman said the project was aimed at addressing water scarcity in some communities across the local government area.

Brown charged members of the legislative council to liaise with the contractor to ensure delivery of quality job at the stipulated time.

Also speaking, Mr Christian Jumbo, the Leader of the Legislative Council, commended the chairman for his steadfastness in fulfilling his campaign promises.

Jumbo said that the chairman had displayed uncommon love for the people of Mkpat Enin.

“As the leader of Mkpat Enin legislative council, I can say that the chairman has been sacrificing a lot to ensure that the people are happy.

“Because of that, we the legislators, have no choice than to support him to serve the people better.

“Today is not a day for long speeches.

“Let me say that Mr Brown has also earned the love, respect and support of my colleagues because he understands and has regards for the separation of power in government,” he said.

Jumbo assured the people that the legislature would give the chairman the needed support to succeed, and promised effective supervision of the project.

The contractor assured the council boss and members of the legislature that the project would be delivered at the stipulated time.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup host: FIFA confirms submission of 3 bids to Council



The world football governing body, FIFA has confirmed the submission of the three host bids for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to the FIFA Council for the selection of host on June 25.

This is contained in a statement on the federation’s website on Wednesday.

”Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, today, FIFA confirmed that three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) at its meeting to be held online on June 25, 2020.

”The three qualifying bids are: joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football; submission by the Colombian Football Association and submission by the Japan Football Association, ” the statement read.

“One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better.

The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women’s football has generated.

“We are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Brazilian Football Association had on June 8, informed FIFA of its decision to withdraw its bid.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Hong Kong to hold Legislative Council election on Sept. 6




China‘s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will hold the general election for the seventh-term Legislative Council (LegCo) on Sept. 6, a spokesperson of the HKSAR government said on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said the decision was made after the chief executive had taken into consideration the relevant statutory provisions concerning the determination of a general election date, the nomination period preceding an election, and the practice adopted in the past public elections.

In light of the polling date, the nomination period for the 2020 LegCo General Election is scheduled for July 18 to 31 this year. To ensure that all candidates will compete on a level playing field, the HKSAR chief executive appointed July 18 as the date from which the sixth-term LegCo shall stand prorogued and its operation shall then be terminated, the spokesperson said.

The dates of polling of the LegCo general election and prorogation of the LegCo will be published in the Gazette on June 12, the spokesperson said.

According to a document on the arrangements for the 2020 LegCo general election submitted to the LegCo by the HKSAR government, the 2020 Final Register is planned to be published before July 25. The Registration and Electoral Office will set up more than 610 ordinary polling stations for the election. About 31,000 electoral staff will be recruited and trained for carrying out polling and counting duties on the polling day.


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