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NAFDAC calls for stiffer punishment for drug traffickers

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called for stiffer punishment for drug traffickers and importers of illegal drugs into the country.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency made the call during news conference on Monday in Abuja.

She decried what she described as light sentences handed peddlers of Tramadol and counterfeit drugs, calling on the judiciary to review the penalties.

”It breaks my heart that a sentence of five years imprisonment or N250,000 fine is given to someone that is trafficking Tramadol that is killing our youths, destroying homes and casting shadows on the future of Nigeria.

“I am pleading with the judiciary to look at the consequences of narcotic on our homes and review the sentences,” she said.

She commended the Federal Government for its support in terms of equipment, adding that the agency was having it better in the present administration.

Adeyeye also said that 12 different individuals were caught with large amount of substandard and falsified medicine, some of which had been destroyed.

She said that some of them were being investigated or prosecuted, while some had been sentenced.

She disclosed  that the agency had destroyed substandard and falsified medical products worth more than N3 billion between November  2017  and November 2018.

“The agency in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service have began the destruction of seized consignments of substandard and falsified medical products especially Tramadol.

“A total of 24 containers of the products have been destroyed,” she said.

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Group advocates women empowerment to check gender-based violence

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Miss Onyinyechi Nwosu, the Executive Director of Vivacious Development Initiative, a non governmental organisation, says women empowerment is an essential intervention against gender-based violence.

Nwosu said this on Saturday in Aba during the 2019 Vivacious Ladies’ Conference, with the theme, “Unlock your feminine power for positive impact”.

She said that it was important to initiate more programmes to help the womenfolk to understand the concept of good health, personal care, rights and responsibilities as they concerned them.

Nwosu said that women had innate ability to influence society, adding that empowerment would enable them to harness their potential and contribute to nation’s socio-economic development.

According to her, equipping women and girls to understand and seek gender equity instead of equality would help to eliminate gender-based violence.

Nwosu said: “The desire to achieve gender equality has created a vacuum that has encouraged gender abuse because masculinity corrupts true feminine nature which disrupts the balance needed in society.

“There is no better way to end violence against women and girls than getting them wholesomely empowered.”

A resource person, Mrs Amaka Biachi, said that the role of women in nation building underscored the need for them to harness their natural ability.

Biachi urged women to harness their potential by equipping themselves with the right skills and education in order to be positive transformers and change agents in society.

In a speech, Mrs Eunice Nwigwe, the Chairman of National Council of Women Societies in Abia, described the theme of the event as apt.

Nwigwe, who was represented by Mrs Ihuoma Nwankwo, commended the organisers of the event for providing an avenue for women and girls to interface and evolve ideas for the betterment of society.

The event featured lectures and presentation of awards to deserving campaigners in the advocacy for gender empowerment initiative.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)

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Lawmaker condoles with Mimiko, says mother death, great loss to Ondo

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A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adedayo Omolafe, has described the demise of the mother of a former of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, as a great loss to the state.

Omolafe, representing Akure South and Akure North Federal Constituency, in the lower legislative chamber, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Akure by his Media Aide, Mr Micheal Adeyeye.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Alhaja Muyinat Mimiko died in the early hours of Saturday in her hometown, Ondo at the age of 88.

“The demise of Madam Muyinat Mimiko is a glorious home call of an irreplaceable matriarch.

“I wish to commiserate with former Gov. Olusegun Mimiko and the entire family on the passage of their matriarch.

“The death of mama is indeed a great loss, not just to the Mimiko family, but the entire state.

“We can all attest to the fact that mama lived a fulfilled and exemplary life and this is worthy of emulation,” the lawmaker said.

He added that the deceased would be greatly missed for her motherly role, timely advice, support and consistent prayer for the Mimikos and the state at large.

“Mama has left an indelible mark and she indeed lived for mankind. There is no gainsaying that God has blessed Ondo State through the fruits of her womb,” he said.

Omolafe prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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CITN confers fellowship on 329, calls for professionalism

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), on Saturday, brought 329 members into the fellowship cadre of the Institute to improve and promote taxation practice of the country.

Dame Gladys Simplice, the President of CITN, said at the 2019 Conferment of Fellowship ceremony of the Institute in Lagos that the exercise was in compliance with the mandates and Acts of the Institute.

She said, “The tax profession in Nigeria is separate and distinct from any other professions and CITN is empowered by the CITN Act, Cap C10, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to regulate the taxation profession in Nigeria”.

Simplice said it was also a mechanism to build and grow a sustainable tax administration system in the country.

According to her, the conferment signifies commitment on the part of the conferees to become ambassadors of the profession at all times.

She, therefore, urged the new Fellows to uphold the principles and integrity of the profession in their service to the society.

The CITN president said the new fellows should contribute their quota to the move towards ensuring effective and sustainable tax administration system in Nigeria.

She stressed that the tax system needed to be improved upon, saying that taxation could serve as a veritable tool for running the economy as is done in other countries.

“With your conferment as Fellows, much more is expected from you as members.

“You are therefore expected to strive at all times to enhance the respect, admiration and good name of the Institute.

“By conducting yourself in a courteous and professional manner, not only will you be establishing your reputation in the taxation community, you will also be helping to build an Institute which will be a role model for other professions.

“As a fellow of the Institute, avail yourself with opportunities of seminars and workshops to constantly be updated with new developments and methodologies in the profession.

“Overall, our primary purpose is to maintain the sanctity of the taxation profession to the extent that knowledgeable, skilled and qualified professionals are available in Nigeria,” she said.

Prof. Abiola Sanni, a Fellow of CITN, said that tax administrators should continually be updated with new trends, developments, principles and methodologies of taxation system to remain relevant to the society.

Sanni, also a special guest of honour at the ceremony, said that a tax professional must be conversant with tax policies and tax laws of the country.

“Professionalism remains the driver of developed economies and jurisdictions the world over.

“In developed economies, specialisation is the order of the day in view of its immense benefit to societal development and transformation.

“Taxation profession is a multi-disciplinary course; you need to equip yourself technically: be up to date with tax laws, tax jurisprudence as well as global tax practice.

You are to be more driven by expanding the frontier of tax knowledge rather than only the pecuniary interest.

“The process of being a well-rounded tax professional requires constant effort to stay up to date on taxation generally.

“Taxation is an ever-changing profession, and the best professionals are those who approach each day with the desire to gain a better understanding of taxation and all its intricacies.

“In order to be relevant and useful to those you represent, you must educate yourself day in and day out. This is not an easy task, but it is essential,” he said.

One of the conferees, Mrs Oliseowe Anna, expressed appreciation to the Institute for the good gesture and called for measures to restructure and strengthen the taxation system of the country such that more people would brought into the tax net.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle

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NANS commends Gov. Oyetola for tackling youth unemployment in Osun

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The South-West Zonal Leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun for rescuing the youth in the state from unemployment.

The NANS South-West Coordinator, Mr Kowe Kalusa gave the commendation in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Saturday.

NAN recalls that the state government had, on Friday, launched what is called Public Workfare and Special Grant Transfer programmes under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).

The two programmes were aimed at providing immediate labour-sensitive work opportunities for indigent unskilled youths and life-sustaining assistance for the aged and persons with disabilities in the state.

NAN also reports that the governor had, during the launch of the programme in Osogbo, presented a cheque of over N2 billion to a total of 25,907 indigents and vulnerable citizens.

Kalusa, in the statement, said that such move would, no doubt, go a long way in restoring the lost glory of the state and Nigeria in general.

He called on other South-West governors to also design programmes that would tackle the increasing rate of unemployment in their respective states.

“We will, at all times, appreciate the public office holders who are seen to be masses-oriented.

“It is on this note that we appreciate and commend Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun for the wonderful steps taken in tackling unemployment.

Kalusa said that the two programmes would go a long way in reducing crime rates and other vices among the youth in the state.

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Gov. AbdulRazaq reiterates commitment to Kwara’s socio-economic growth

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the socioeconomic growth of the state in a peaceful environment.

The governor made this known on Saturday at Ojoku, Oyun local government of the state, during the 10th coronation anniversary of the Olojoku of Ojoku, Oba AbdulRasaq Afolabi.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor was represented at the occasion by the by state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajia Aisha Pategi.

“The drive for collective prosperity through enterprise and inclusive socioeconomic and infrastructural development is at the heart of our agenda as an administration.

“For this reason, this administration will continue to strengthen the frontiers of peace that Kwara State is known for, because development cannot take place in an atmosphere of chaos or where there is threat to peace,” AbdulRazaq added.

He also reiterated his administration’s respect for traditional institutions, calling them the custodians of the people’s culture and tradition.

According to him, traditional rulers are very crucial to his administration’s agenda of rebuilding a state that works for all.

“In no distant time, this administration will roll out the anti-poverty social investment programme and our community leaders will be key in making it a huge success.

“The next four years will, God willing, record very impactful infrastructural development in our state, as part of our strategy to open up Kwara for growth and competitiveness.

“We have received bids for the construction and/or rehabilitation of 26 roads in the first phase of what promises to be a steady upgrade of our community and urban road network,” he said.

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