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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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FG woos foreign mining investors with lower production cost



Joel Ajayi

Cutting red tapes which slow business transactions and improving the security of mining operations are among fresh commitments unfolded by Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake at the Mines & Money Conference which opened in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Addressing global stakeholders in the mining industry, Alake, in the 15-minute speech pitched for more investment in Nigeria listing unique advantages such as lower production cost due to surface mining and billions of dollar untapped minerals.
He quoted recent reports by audit firm KPMG which reported that mining’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP rose from 0.3 percent to 0.85 percent last year, indicating 0.63 percent year on year growth.

His words: “The country’s geological bounty encompasses over 44 distinct mineral types, found in exploitable quantities across more than 500 locations. Recently, recognizing the evolving global landscape and in response to emerging trends, Lithium has been included as a crucial strategic mineral of global consequence.”

Dr. Alake said the administration of President Bola Tinubu has embarked on reforms to boost investment by streamlining procedures and reducing hurdles to attract foreign investors.

Showcasing recent progress in creating conditions for solid minerals development, Dr. Alake highlighted fresh data revealed by the Airborne Geophysical Survey, memorandum of understanding with German firm Geoscan to gather more data on solid minerals across the country and access to finance through a new funding facility launched by the Africa Finance Corporation and the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

The minister reminded the global mining community of the Federal Government ‘s policies on how mining operations must benefit the communities and lead to processing instead of wholesale export of raw minerals.

“ Nigeria is currently emphasizing Solid Minerals Beneficiation and Value-Addition as a panacea for quick and sustainable growth of the Mining Industry…By adding value to our raw materials, we not only create higher value products but also generate employment opportunities for our teeming youth and increase the sector’s overall profitability and contribution to the nation’s GDP”, he said
Dr. Alake urged investors to support socio-economic development of the communities where they mine to make mining mutually beneficial.

Citing the recent launch of the revised guidelines for Community Development Agreement which provides for social amenities, educational support, health and safety environmental facilities.

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