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NAFDAC Seeks Corps Members’ Support To Fight Drug Abuse



Joel Ajayi
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has sought for Corps Members’ support to fight drug abuse in the country especially at the grassroots.
It said plans are in top gear to maximise their skills to stem the tide of sub-standard medicines and foods.
NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. (Mrs) Mojisola Adedeye stated this today during a courtesy visit to NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office.
She commended the invaluable contributions of Corps Members to NAFDAC activities but added that there is need for more assistance at the Local Government level because of the increasing rate of drug abuse in the remote areas.
According to her, we need more army to fight fake and counterfeit drugs at the Local Government level. The NYSC is a great channel for the country.
Adeyeye, who described Corps Members as reservoir of knowledge and resources added that the agency has embarked on National Drug Officers abuse programme where youths are sent to secondary schools across the country to teach students on the dangers of drug abuse.
In his response, Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim commended NAFDAC for its war against drug abuse in the country.
He said one of his policy thrust is to maximize the potentials of Corps Members for optimal performance adding that they are passionate about contributing their quota to the development of the country.
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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says



By David Maxwell

A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.

He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.

Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.

“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.

“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.

“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.

“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.

“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.

He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”

The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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