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Substandard Products: NAFDAC Closes 30 Water Factories

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The National Agency for
Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has shut down 30 erring water factories in Nasarawa state between 2015 and 2016.
The Acting NAFDAC Director-General, Mrs Oyentunde Oyin, disclosed this at the occasion of the annual water quality monitoring event at Fauzee Bottle Water Factory in Lafia.
Oyin, who was represented by Mr Michael Attah, the agency’s State Coordinator, said NAFDAC closed the factories during a routine but unannounced inspection tour.
“In the course of our regulation and surveillance inspection from 2015 to 2016, we shut down more than 30 factories across the state for producing below standard.
“The agency has many sanctions for factories violating our standard or not adhering strictly to our rules and regulations.’’
She urged the public to help the agency with relevant information on poor products, based on their experience and the activities of illegal operators of water factories.
Oyin added that the annual water quality monitoring was aimed at carrying out on-the-spot test of purity and packaged/bottled water.
“The exercise is imperative because most producers of water do not have an in-house quality control unit to analyse the quality of their products periodically.
“The exercise gives manufacturers the opportunity to see the sample tested practically and if found satisfactory, it builds more confidence on the products and helps the producers to maintain the standard.
“On the other hand, if found unsatisfactory, the agency will audit the processes and make the necessary corrections that would enable the products meet required quality standard,” she added. She said that the exercise, which was being conducted through a mobile laboratory hired from Global Consult Ltd, would be done in all the 13 local government areas of the state.
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Osiegbu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Consult, said the exercise would help to discover and correct any abnormalities in the water production process.
“In case of any water related outbreak of disease as a result of the consumption of any processed water from any factory, the agency would be able to trace through their records and get the source.’’
Earlier, Mr Alfred Alogola, the state Chairman, Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP), assured NAFDAC that water producers would sustain the product quality and adhere strictly to standard.
He appealed to government at all levels to create the enabling environment for local manufacturers of water by ensuring stable power supply.
According to him, if producers of water in the country are provided with 24 hours power supply, the industry alone is capable of generating more than 10 million jobs for Nigerians.

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CSOs Partner Govt On Climate Change

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Some civil society organisations have expressed their willingness to partner with the government to address climate change and other environmental challenges in the new year.
Some of the organisations include, the Nigeria Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement at the SDG’s (NCSfPAS) GIFSED, Climate and Sustainable network as well as Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Gender and Environmental Initiatives (GERI).
The Tide source in Abuja reported the Executive Director of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem preservation, Mr. David Terugwa as saying that they were ready to partner government with view to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.
For us, we are looking at those areas where we can come in and assist and to be partners with the government.
Project Lead, CSDeu Net, Mr. Pius Oko, said that the group will support the government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the law.
“We are here today to make a step forward. We want to first highlight the issues that concern the impact in climate change and have a tangible solution to such problems.
Executive-Director, WEP,Mrs Anne-Marie Abaogu said CSOs were set to develop a partnership that would implement framework to reverse the ugly trend of climate change in the country.

By: Oribim Ibama

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Monarch Advises Community On Sanitation

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The Onuayekein /Amanyanabo of Obonoma Community, King Enenibofori Dateme Obonogina, has charged the community to take the issue of sanitation seriously. Speaking at an interative session recently in the community, the Obonogina said all grasses and bushes must be cleared to expose the face of the community.
He said the situation will improve the hygienic and aesthetic conditions of the community. King Dateme said the community will expand the road recently commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to enable it include more of its hinterland communities.
He said the expansion of the road will boost farming and fishing activities in the areas as well as enable more farmers and fishermen to evacuate their produce to the markets thereby boosting the economy of the area.
He said the community will liaise with Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a view to developing the areas. King Dateme also stressed the need for unity and love among the people. According to him, when there is love, there will be peace and development of the community.
Also speaking, Professor Anyamebo Okorosoye Orubite, urged the people to cultivate the spirit of self help instead of relying solely on government for the development of their communities.
He also said that arrangements were on to build a Kalabari University at Semoo.

By: Oribim Ibama

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NOA Charges Nigerians On Illegal Oil Bunkering

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National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to regard any money generated from illegal oil bunkering business also known as “Kpofire” business as blood money.
Rivers State Director of the Agency, Barrister Young Ayotamuno, made the call in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Ayotamuno also said kpofire business also negated the right to life of Nigerians.
According to him, citizen’s constitutional rights to life are being breached by the proliferation of illegal refinaries in the region.
Ayotamuno, who said deaths related to respiratory tract infection is likely to increase in the next few years in the region also described as baseless, arguments that poverty and unemployment are responsible for the rising cases of illegal oil bunkering activities in the Niger Delta.
“You cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines, which is a critical national asset”, stressing that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) will continue to sensitise members of the public on the need to protect the nation’s asset.
The NOA director also commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for directing local government chairmen in the state to monitor their areas and ensure the stoppage of illegal oil bunkering activities in their domains.
“NOA is thanking Governor Wike for asking local government chairmen to monitor their areas.
“NOA will continue to sensitise members of the public that you cannot use poverty to justify the breaking of pipelines which is a national assets”.
“The consequence of illegal refinery is that it negates the right to life of the citizen.
“Peoples Constitutional Right to Life is being negated. Peoples environment is being destroyed”, he said.
He said stopping the nefarious activities require a lot of political will add “we must work with state government and federal government to curb it. “Kpofire money is blood money” he declared.
Ayotamuno said the society cannot be battling kpofire and Covid-19 at the same time as reports had it that both incidences are responsible for series of respiratory infections.
He also called on the government to revisit the issues of modular refineries as well as the stoppage of gas flaring in the country.
The NOA Director also called for a half to the practice of burning of tyres and that of bush burning, while destruction of illegal petroleum vessels by military should be stopped.

By: John Bibor

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