6The Lagos State House of Assembly desperately wants former governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to appear before its committee probing some financial transactions during his tenure.
The assembly took a novel step to reach Ambode by advertising a fresh summon in newspapers. It must be the most expensive invitation ever, costing no less than N3million.
The Assembly wants Ambode to appear before it on Wednesday by 1pm.
The legislature, in the summons wants the ex-Governor to appear before the Committee of the House to say all he knows about some financial transactions during his tenure between May 29, 2015 and May 29, this year.
The publicized invite entitled: “Notice of summons: Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (the former Governor of Lagos State), is signed by the Clerk of the House, Mr. A. A. Sanni.
It reminds Ambode of the importance of appearing before the Committee to shed light on five-alleged infractions raised by the Assembly.
“The Lagos State House of Assembly, pursuant to Section 129 (1)(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) hereby summons His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the former Governor of Lagos State (May, 2015 – May, 2019) to appear before the Committee of the House on Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja by 1.00 p.m.”
He will be asked to clarify the following:
*Unauthorised discounting of Promissory Note;
*Purchase of 820 Buses by your administration without due authorisation;
*Misappropriation of Special Expenditure Funds;
*Improper implementation of the Appropriation Law; and
*Non-adherence to the Financial Regulations of the State.
The notice urges the former governor to provide the Committee with documents to justify that the transactions did not violate constitutional provisions.
“You are kindly requested to furnish the Committee with fifteen (15) copies each of all relevant document(s) relating to the issues raised through the Office of the Clerk of the House on or before Tuesday, 29th October, 2019.
“It is pertinent to state that your presence at the proposed meeting would give you the opportunity to shed light on issues that are material to the investigation.”
The governor had shunned an earlier summons by the Assembly on October 15, 2019.
NAFDAC says it will reduce substandard and falsified drugs to five per cent prevalence by 2025
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will reduce substandard and falsified medicines to five per cent prevalence by 2025 in the country.
The Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said that one of the strategic plans of NAFDAC was to reduce substandard and falsified medicines to “not more than five per cent prevalence” in Nigeria by the year 2025.
She said that “the last data we have on the prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in Nigeria is 16.7 per cent.”
She, however, added that the 16.7 per cent prevalence was 14 years ago, noting that it was time the agency did another survey to determine the present percentage of prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.
Adeyeye explained that NAFDAC had been proactive and vigilant toward curbing substandard and falsified medicines in the country, stressing that the move became necessary to safeguard the health of the populace.
She said that the agency would make it mandatory to identify and test the active pharmaceutical ingredient in all imported and locally manufactured drugs in the country from January 2020.
This, according to her, is to ensure compliance with international standards.
The director-general noted that besides safeguarding the health of the people, the regulatory control would also build confidence in Nigerians about the medicines available in the country.
Adeyeye, who said that substandard drugs could come through importation, explained that NAFDAC started enforcing regulations and control of active pharmaceutical ingredients of all drugs imported or manufactured locally in 2019.
He added that the agency had been requesting for the drug master file that had the history of processing and safety of the drugs.
She said that in 2018, the agency started a country-wide inspection of 165 companies, using the international standard to ascertain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance.
Adeyeye added that part of the GMP was the use of appropriate manufacturing equipment and facilities by manufacturers to ensure adequate control.
She said that measures were also put in place for the production of quality products.
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