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Codeine: Nigerians Blow Hot on Social Media Over Shutdown Of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Others

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NAFDAC had in a statement signed by Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, it’s Director-General of the Agency accused the companies whose officials were indicted in a BBC documentary on codeine addiction in Nigeria of failure to make a records of their importation and use of codeine available to its investigators.



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Many Nigerians are obviously not happy with the shut down of operations of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industry Limited and two other pharmaceutical firms over their alleged failure to cooperate with officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) saddled with investigation of their involvement in production of codeine based cough syrups.

NAFDAC had in a statement signed by Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, it’s Director-General of the Agency accused the companies whose officials were indicted in a BBC documentary on codeine addiction in Nigeria of failure to make a records of their importation and use of codeine available to its investigators.

The agency said that the companies will remain closed until a full investigation on their use of codeine is carried out.

But going by their reactions on social media, many Nigerians think the action of the regulatory agency is counter-productive because of its likely effect on the workers.
They also argued that the action amounts to killing a fly with a sledgehammer.

“It is NAFDAC that should be shut down, not Emzor pharmaceutical. NAFDAC claim they didn’t know about codeine abuse, then they’ve failed in their regulatory duty and if they claim they knew, then they are COMPLICIT in the abuse. In fact, it is their fault.

“The whole society is rife with adulterated products. You always have to pray that whatever you’re buying is original. What is NAFDAC doing about? Go to fast food joints and eateries. Their food is produced under unsanitary environments, what is NAFDAC doing about it?

“Many Sachet waters contain dirt yet, they have NAFDAC approval. Even beverage manufacturers are now very careless with their products because nobody is complaining. Now, they are sealing up a company just because they want to impress. Who are they deceiving exactly?”

@Osi_Suave Why are we like this in Nigeria. Asides the cough syrup Emzor puts out dietary supplements, anti-malaria, antibiotics; haematinics, and analgesics. But let’s shut down the entire company to carry out an investigation. Putting thousands of jobs at risk.

@peekaymila Emzor is one of the biggest indigenous pharmaceutical firms in Nigeria. A rare gem that MUST be cherished. If Nigerians are abusing codeine, it’s because government agencies have failed to control its use… not because Emzor produces it.


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@eyiteeonline if the news of total shutdown of Bioraj, Emzor, and Peace Standard is true, then that shows how lazy NAFDAC is. Why shut down the whole production lines because of codeine. Do they even need to ban #codeine because of abuse? Why use a sledgehammer to kill flies?

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Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am

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Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am
BREAKING: Curfew Now 10pm To 6am In Lagos -Govt

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.

Lagos State information commissioner Gbenga Omotosho announced the new decision on Friday.

He said the curfew will now be from 10:00 pm till 6:00 am.

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“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu praises Lagosians for observing the curfew, which is expected to restore normalcy in our communities,” Omotosho said.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the breakdown of law and order, following the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.

“The curfew will now be from 10 pm till 6 am.

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Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

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Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

Governor Nyesom Wike makes U-turn, joins #EndSARS protesters in Rivers state (video)

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike of ordering police and soldiers to kill members of the group.

Recall that Wike had signed an executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State.

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Reacting in a tweet on Friday, Kanu accused the Governor of sponsoring state security to execute IPOB members.

“Nyesom Wike, the little Hitler of Rivers State had a closed-door meeting with lawyers where he instructed them that any arrested IPOB member should not be brought to court but rather should be executed by the army & police.”

He wrote:

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Dr. John Emaimo, as Rector, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu State.

The appointment was made known in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora on behalf of President Buhari.

Dr. Emaimo’s re-appointment takes effect from Nov. 27, 2020.

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Speaking on the re-appointment, Mamora stated that Emaimo was found eligible for a second term based on his assessment.

The minister urged Emaimo to continue to work with his team because whatever achievements he had made in his first term could not have been done alone.

He reminded him of the enormous responsibilities of his office and the expectations of the government and people towards efficient service delivery.

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