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President Buhari inaugurates NSCDC command and staff college

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, May 19, inaugurated the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Command and Staff College, Jos, Plateau State and inaugurated 500 Course 1 participants, nominated from various commands and formations of the Corps across the nation.

The President who was ably represented by the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), GCFR, commended the CG and the Corps for its steady growth and urged full compliance with the demands of the training program.

“I encourage all participants to ensure they maximise the opportunity afforded them by the training and ensure they exhibit high level of discipline during the course and in the discharge of their duties.

“The command and staff college will provide you with the knowledge and opportunity you need to progress in your career.

“It will make you more disciplined, professional, and proactive on the job and your service to the nation” the President said.

During the inauguration of the course 1 participants, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said that the Corps’ contribution to peace building in the state informed his decision to construct and donate the command and Staff College to the corps.

The Governor expressed optimism that the Command course will further enhance effective performance of duties and improve the regimental orientation of personnel of the Corps.

“I am optimistic that the training meant for the participants will further emboldened them to contribute their quota in a professional manner that will bring about peace in the state and the country,” Lalong said.

The Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the enabling environment for the Corps to thrive.

“I thank Mr president for the provision of logistics support and for believing in the existence of the service as a full fledged paramilitary agency of the Federal Government.

“The Corps has been working in tandem with your vision of providing security for citizens and protecting critical national assets and infrastructure and we will sustain this feat without disappointing you,” CG said.

Audi appreciated the Executive Governor of Plateau State for constructing and donating the NSCDC’ Command and Staff College as part of his legacy projects.

He assured him that the Corps remained joyfully committed to the provision of safety and security of lives and property of the good people of Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.

The CG urged the pioneer participants of the career progression development course at the Command and Staff College to be disciplined, committed, loyal and dedicated.

“As participants of course 1, you are going to be a model and a point of reference to others that will come after you.

“Make sure you exhibit the highest level of discipline, be hardworking, determined and committed to the growth of the Corps and the unity of Nigeria.

“The college is birthed as a result of lack of career progression development courses in the service which upon my assumption of office, i vowed to introduce to professionalise the service,” the CG reiterated.

“The college offers command courses for middle cadre officers and advanced command courses for senior officers,” the CG explained.

The CG congratulated all the course 1 participants and wished them success as they undertake the course.

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Tinubu appoints Olatunji Bello CEO, Vice Chairman of FCCPC

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Olatunji Bello as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, pending confirmation by the Senate.

A statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu’s media aide, noted that Mr. Bello is a lawyer, administrator, and renowned journalist.

He is the former secretary to the Lagos State Government and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. He studied Law at the same university and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002.

Mr. Bello began his career in journalism at the Concord Newspapers in 1985 and held the positions of Group Political Editor, Sunday Concord Editor, and Editor of National Concord.

He is a winner of the US Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship and was appointed Chairman of the Editorial Board of THISDAY Newspapers in 2001.

He also served as Commissioner for Environment under various administrations in Lagos State.

Ngelale said the President expects that the new CEO of this important agency will ensure the holistic realisation of the commission’s mandate of protecting and promoting the interests and welfare of Nigerian consumers and ensuring the adoption of measures to guarantee the safety and quality of goods and services.

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NCDC reports 1,598 suspected cholera cases in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC, has reported 1,598 suspected cases of cholera across 107 local government areas.

The cholera outbreak is characterised by a case fatality rate of 3.5 per cent, significantly higher than the national expected average of one per cent, underscoring the severity of the situation.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Jide Idris, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while providing an update on the cholera epidemiological situation in Nigeria and ongoing prevention and response efforts at the national and sub-national levels.

Cholera is a severe diarrheal illness caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The disease remains a significant health challenge, especially in regions with inadequate sanitation and clean water access.

Understanding the transmission mechanism of cholera is crucial to curbing its spread and implementing effective prevention measures.

Idris said: “Government is deeply concerned about the rapid spread and higher-than-expected mortality rate, indicating a more lethal outbreak.”

He emphasised that the fatalities represented significant personal losses, including those of family members, spouses, parents and healthcare workers.

“This situation can be compounded as the rainy season intensifies,” he added.

He disclosed that Lagos State accounted for the highest number of deaths with 29, followed by Rivers with eight, Abia and Delta with four each, Katsina with three, Bayelsa with two and Kano, Nasarawa and Cross River with one each.

He added: “This alarming trend highlights the urgent need for coordinated response to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Sixteen states accounted for 90 per cent of the confirmed cases, with Lagos being the epicentre of the outbreak. Lagos State, having the highest number of cases, has received significant focus, with ongoing support and resources directed to manage the outbreak effectively.”

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NAFDAC alerts public on unregistered B-GAG syrup

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has notified Nigerians about the illegal production and sale of unregistered B-GAG mist pot CIT syrup.

The alert is contained in a public notice No. 023/2024, issued by the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in Abuja on Sunday.

The unregistered product is alleged to have been sold by a company named Babban Gida Agalawa General Enterprises.

According to the statement, the product, being presented in a pet bottle, was discovered during a surveillance operation carried out by the NAFDAC Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate Officers in Maiduguri, Borno, and Keffi, Nasarawa States.

It said that the product was found to be without a NAFDAC registration number and a misleading label.

NAFDAC in the statement said that illegal marketing of medicines or counterfeit medicines posed a risk to public health.

Adeyeye noted that without compliance with regulatory provisions of safety, quality, and efficacy of such products were not guaranteed.

The agency gave the batch number of the fake product as 0070, the manufacturing date as 01/02/2024, as well as the expiring date as 01/02/2027.

Adeyeye also gave the address of the manufacturer as No. 883/884 Western Bypass Ring Road, Kumbosto Local Government, Kano State.

Adeyeye further said that NAFDAC Zonal Directors and State Coordinators had been directed to carry out surveillance to mop up the illegal products within the zones and states.

She advised consumers and caregivers to avoid the use of the product, adding that all medical products must be obtained from authorised and licensed suppliers.

Adeyeye said that products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked before buying.

She also advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of either the sale of substandard and falsified medicines or medical devices to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Adeyeye called on the public to report any adverse reaction to NAFDAC on 0800-162-3322 or via email: [email protected].

She encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of medicinal products through NAFDAC E-reporting platforms.

The e-reporting platforms, according to her are: www.nafdac.gov.ng, the Med- safety application available for download on Android, and IOS stores or via e-mail on [email protected].

She said the notice about the product would be uploaded on the World Health Organisation, Global Surveillance and Monitoring System.

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