We Cannot Guarantee Efficacy of Herbal Drugs– NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it cannot guarantee the efficacy of herbal drugs and products being sold across the country.

It said the certification number issued for some herbal drugs and products was only to confirm that these products were fit for human consumption.

NAFDAC Director of Special Duties, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, who made these facts known in Minna, Niger State, on Monday at a stakeholders’ forum declared that the organization did not have the capacity to verify the efficacy of herbal products.

He said the NAFDAC number issued for some of these herbal products was only for one year after which the manufacturers would apply for recertification.

However, he said it was working with another organization that could eventually lead to issuance of “all clear certificates for some of these herbal products “.

Credit: thisdaylive

My Suspension Cannot Stand- Jibrin

Former House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was suspended from the parliament for 180 legislative days has said the action was flawed and would not stand anywhere in the world.

He  said, “It is a non-issue and complete nonsense and it is not going to stand anywhere in the world.

“As you are aware,  the matter is a subject of litigation, I have instructed my lawyer, Femi Falana SAN to file charges of contempt against Speaker Dogara and of course the House of Representatives and I’m sure the matter will move over to the judiciary and decision will be taken. I’m pretty sure it will be in my favour.”

He stressed that those waiting to receive an apology from him should perish the thought because he would never ever apologise to anybody in the House of Representatives.  He insisted that he has lived above board since coming to the House five years ago adding that allegations he raised against the Speaker and other members of the body of Principal officers were yet to be addressed.

Jibrin said, “What is very important also is that now they have done their worst, they have suspended me, what has it changed? Has it changed the fact that the speaker conspired with other principal officers to divert N40 billion out of N100 billion meant for constituency projects.

The former Chairman said his suspension has provided him time to concentrate on the matter in court adding that he was confident that the suspension is not going to stand.



Resign If You Cannot Pay Minimum Wage, NLC Tells Governors

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked any state governor in the country who cannot pay the N18,000 minimum wage to resign from office without delay.

The NLC insisted that the N18,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers was not fixed but was negotiated through a tripartite system.
The National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made this declaration in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the weekend while speaking with journalists shortly after attending the Janazah prayers organised for the late wife of the former Vice-President of NLC, Mr. Issa Aremu, Hamdalah.

He also warned that any governor reneging on that agreement was breaking the law of the land, adding that such governor should resign from his position.
Wabba also  hailed the ongoing war against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying corruption had killed more people in the country than auto accidents.

“They have been misinforming the people about the N18,000 minimum wage. Minimum wage is not fixed, it was negotiated through a tripartite system; 10 state governors represented the governors, federal government and organised private sector were also represented. It was a tripartite process of collective bargaining.

“We had looked at all the indices of ability to pay. It is a law and anybody who refuses to pay is breaking the law of Nigeria and we advise such governor to resign.

“Why is it that the salary of councillors to the highest political office all over the country despite their inability to pay is the same? If there is economic challenge, why should it be the workers that will bear the burden? Councillors in least economic viable to the most economic viable states in the country earn the same salaries. So who are they fooling?

“Can they continue to fool us? When the resources were there workers were not enjoying. Now that there is a challenge in the system why should the burden be shifted only to the workers? That is not acceptable to us. This is like a battle for us as we must continue to insist that workers should work in dignity and there must be dignity in labour,” he posited.

Credit: ThisDay

Why APC Government Cannot Tackle Corruption- PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said despite the “holier than thou” posture of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government in fighting corruption, there is incontrovertible evidence that grave corrupt practices are ongoing and allowed to fester by associates and cronies of government, including former and present APC governors and others who played major roles in financing election campaigns with ‘stolen state funds’.

The party accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of  creating a system that was neck deep in corruption, while the government hoodwinks unsuspecting public with propaganda.

“We therefore challenge the President Buhari-led APC administration to show integrity and commitment in the fight against corruption by first cleaning its house and coming out clear on the numerous sleazes going on at present under its watch,” PDP said.

Read More: thisdaylive

APC Cannot Remove Saraki, Ekweremadu- Senator

A senator from Edo State, Clifford Ordia, has said that no amount of gang up by leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, would lead to the sack of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

Mr. Ordia, who spoke against the backdrop of continuing bickering by leaders of the ruling party over the emergence of the Senate leaders, said Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu were divinely appointed to lead the Senate.

Mr. Ordia represents Edo Central Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He played a major role in the emergence of the Senate president and his deputy.

But following a statement by a former Kano State Governor and a serving Senator, Rabiu Kwakwanso, discrediting the election of the two senate leaders, the Edo lawmaker advised the APC to sheath their sword.

He reminded political leaders in the country that the era of imposition was over and warned those rooting for Mr. Saraki and Mr. Ekweremadu ouster to either accept their emergence or maintain their cool.

Speaking specifically in defence of Mr. Ekweremadu who has been severely attacked by APC leaders, Mr. Ordia said PDP senators will not fold their hands and allow him (Ekweremadu) to be removed.

“We will defend the mandate of Ekweremadu with every drop of energy we have,” Mr. Ordia said.

Read More: premiumtimesng