Friday, 11 September 2015
So far seven (7) persons lost their lives and twenty (20) persons were injured in the bomb blast that occurred in Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons camp Yola, Adamawa state.
Among the injured seven (7) were treated and discharged while thirteen (13) persons including four (4) NEMA officials are still receiving treatment at Federal Medical Center, Yola.
The Bomb, which was planted inside a Tent, went off this morning at around 10: 50am.
A staff of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, NABDA, who attempted to dupe a National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) contractor, Liuideco Global Services Limited, on the pretext that he can help “kill” a pending investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, has been arrested by the anti-graft agency.
Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology, has unveiled in Nigeria, the latest innovation in the mobile telephone device, Lenovo’s PHAB Plus.
Speaking about the product and other innovations unveiled in Nigeria, at a media briefing held at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Graham Braum, the General Manager of Lenovo Technology Africa, described Lenovo PHAB Plus as a beautifully designed premium phablet, optimized for single –hand use.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
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The new management of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced a change of guard in its Public Relations Unit.
2. In a Staff Posting Order vide NIS/ABJ/1027/VV/T111/562 dated 2nd September, 2015, the incumbent spokesperson of the NIS, Assistant Comptroller CPP Obua has been moved to Lagos Command while Deputy Comptroller, Ekpedeme King has been deployed to replace him as the Service Public Relations Officer.
Under the theme: `The Nigerian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry and International Competitiveness,’ the 3rd Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers and Lab Expo was declared opening on Monday morning by the Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi at the The Haven event centre in GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
The three-day affair, which runs until September 9 is being staged for stakeholders in the health sector to exchange information, products, services and ideas.
The expo is a joint venture of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, PMGMAN, and GPE Expo Pvt Limited, and this year’s event is attracting over 130 exhibitors and about 2,500 participants.
In the keynote address to open the expo, the chairman of PMGMAN, Mr. Okey Akpa highlighted the achievements recorded by the Nigerian pharmaceutical companies, which he said included the manufacturing of drugs for neglected tropical diseases.
“The Nigerian pharmaceutical industry has paid adequate attention to the manufacturing of drugs for diseases prevailing in Africa, which international companies are not interested in, such as anti-malaria, sickle cell disease medicines,” adding that over $50m has been invested by Nigerian pharmaceutical companies in the industry in the last five years.
According to him, “Nigeria is currently the biggest pharmaceutical manufacturing country in West Africa. It accounts for more than 65 per cent of the local manufacture of medicines relevant to the people and diseases of our nation and region. They are anti-malaria medicines, anti-retroviral medicines for HIV/AIDS, herbal medicines and medicines for sickle cell diseases and many others.
“Manufacturers processing WHO pre-qualification have invested over 50 million dollars in the last five years.”
He however said the newly introduced Common External Tariffs (CET) in West Africa cast a shadow on the industry in Nigeria.
“ECOWAS External Tariffs (CET) is the single factor threatening the industry today. Before its introduction finished pharmaceutical products under the Import HS codes, 3003 and 3004 attracted up to 20% duty. But CET does not allow this. Rather, it attracts zero percent on finished products into countries.
“It is individual countries that are allowed to use protection tax on products which it has capacity for and that is what we are asking for in the industry,” the PMGMAN chairman, Mr. Okey Akpa explained in his keynote address to open the 3rd Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers and Lab Expo.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Former Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has dismissed as total fabrication and evil, a recent statement that was clandestinely circulated on the social media, saying he was bitter and felt betrayed by both President Muhammadu Buhari and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Bola Tinubu over the recent appointments made by the president.
Amaechi, who appeared stunned at the tone of story and the degree of fabrications in it, to the extent of attributing quotes to him, said in a statement that whilst the brains behind the story might have taken advantage of a meeting he held with his supporters, where he had reiterated to them the fact that change had finally berthed on the body polity with the strides of the administration in 100 days, they deliberately skewed the thrust of the meeting to suit their “evil intentions”.
The former governor said the basis for betrayal was absent in the state of the nation because there was no understanding of any sort preceding the merger and the election, adding that the only thing that united everyone was the resolve to ease out an incompetent administration headed by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
He said if the intention of the story was to pit him against the two APC leaders for obvious reasons, it has failed because “not only do they (Buhari and Tinubu) know that I would not descend so low to churning out such baloney; they also know those behind it and their ulterior intentions. So, I am neither bothered nor rattled by the arrant nonsense but however doing this for the record.
“Particularly, this response has also become imperative given the sensitivity of the issues raised and the tone they were couched. It was clear where they were coming from and it was certain, they went out for the jugular. But I am too much on the alert for such machinations to be caught off-guard. Therefore, the story is false; it is evil and completely irrational to have ties with the prevailing political re-engineering going on in the country.
“Also, for the record, it is important to note that the president’s approach to addressing the country’s multi-facet problems is most apt given the degree of rot and impunity that had reigned over the years. As such, there are two ways out: it is either we are circumspect and get it right or we haste and further plunge into crisis. But the president has adopted the most rational option, which is cautiously clearing the Augean stable.
“The promises are still there and alive and the approach to reifying them are genuinely on track. It is, therefore, sensible to see reason with the government and president in this meticulous approach else we’d find ourselves back in the Egypt we left months ago,” Amaechi said.