This year’s world pharmacist’s day may have come and gone but it did make its mark. Executives and members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), stakeholders from the field of medicine, regulatory bodies, students, civil societies, youths and others assembled at the event organised to mark the World Pharmacists Day in Ibadan on Tuesday to deliberate on a critical issue that is presently eating deep in the fabrics of the society, Nigerian Tribune reports. World Pharmacists Day, 2018, was tagged ‘Pharmacists: Your medicine’s experts’. The Oyo State chapter of the PSN marked the occasion by setting wheels in motion to address the drug abuse menace that has generated a lot of discourse in recent times. Drug abuse in simple terms is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods, which are harmful to themselves or others. The issue of drug abuse is not limited to a particular geographical area or age group but it is more prevalent among young people. The rate at which youths abuse drugs in our society today is so alarming to say the least. Nigeria used to be known as a transit nation for illicit drugs but unfortunately it has since moved to become a consuming nation. Youths they say are the leaders of tomorrow, sadly a sizeable proportion of youths are throwing away their future by indulging in drug abuse. Without a doubt a youth under the influence of drugs will find it hard to live to his or her full potential. Where does this leave us as a nation? Well, your guess is as good as mine. Going by the foregoing, the drug abuse roundtable initiated by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria couldn’t have come at a better time. The maiden edition of the meeting was indeed very revealing as stakeholders bore their mind on the issue. The guest lecturer at the event and Director, Pharmaceutical Services at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Helen Oduntan noted that drug abuse is destructive and lamented that even prescription drugs are now being abused. She opined that the issue of drug abuse has now become a challenge to the practitioners. The chairman of PSN (Oyo state chapter), Abiodun Ajibade admitted that the level of drug abuse in the society is causing the nation great havoc as addicts now pose a security threat to the people around them. “For us at PSN, particularly the Oyo State chapter, we believe this is a clarion call to everyone. We must stamp out drug abuse in its entirety and that is why this programme is put in place to elicit reactions and interactions among key stakeholders,” he stated.
Recent notice by the Nigerian Space Research Development Agency, NASRDA, of probable earthquake in five states among them Bayelsa, has stepped up fears in the largely riverine Ijaw-speaking state, Vanguard reports. Earth tremor had been recorded at different times in the last four years around the Biseni and Igbogene axis of Yenagoa local government area of the state and border communities of Ahoada West local government area in Rivers state, causing cracks to buildings and traumatizing the helpless natives. Concerned stakeholders under the aegis of Ijaw Professionals Association, IPA, Homeland Chapter, Iniruo Wills, last weekend, in Yenagoa called on Bayelsa and Federal Governments not to ignore the ongoing ecological emergencies and humanitarian crises threatening the continued existence of hundreds of communities in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta state. “The development is adding a new and troubling dimension to the mortal cocktail of environmental hazards faced by the Ijaws and the Niger Delta peoples.” “The authorities should direct and adequately fund the Nigerian Geological Surveys Agency to commission or conduct in consultation with concerned state governments a thorough study to monitor and predict earthquake flash points and adequately prepare to avert or deal with any event or risk of earthquakes and tremors, to avoid the national threat and shame of being caught napping as with the recurrent flood disasters,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the removal of the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, with immediate effect, Punch reports. A statement by the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, announced the removal. Adie has been replaced with Austin Agbonlahor, who was until his appointment, the CP (Operations) at Force Headquarters, Abuja. Details later…
Nigeria has assured the international community of its unalloyed commitment to the advancement of women’s rights and the eradication of violence and all forms of discriminations against women, Punch reports. The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to ECOWAS, Amb. Babatunde Nurudeen, stated this while making Nigeria’s presentation on ‘Advancement of Women’ to the UN General Assembly in New York. Nurudeen said: “The advancement of women remains a critical issue for continuous engagement and calls for action-related measures for the achievement of national and international policies capable of promoting and enhancing their fundamental rights. “Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unequivocally committed to the advancement of women rights, gender equality, empowerment of women through eradication of poverty, prohibition of trafficking in women and girls, elimination of violence and discrimination against women”‘. He also said Nigeria had developed a National Gender Policy aimed at eliminating gender discrimination, and promoting political, economic and social opportunities in the public and private sector for women.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Police Service Commission (PSC) from demoting the over 1,000 police officers that were promoted between 2016 and 2018 based on the recommendations of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) pending the determination of the suit challenging the planned exercise, Daily Sun reports. The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who gave the Interim Injunction, also granted leave to the six policemen who filed the suit for themselves and on behalf of the affected officers. The controversial promotion was carried out on the special recommendation of the IGP to the former PSC board, which it duly approved. The court said the motion ex-parte was granted ‘’upon reading through the affidavit in support and affidavit of urgency both sworn to by DCP Abba Kyari, attached to the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarter, Abuja. In the said affidavit in reference, the despondent, Abba Kyari avers ‘that I know as of fact that the PSC has compiled the names of Police: Officers promoted between 2016 and 2018 for demotion numbering over a thousand. ‘’That I know as of fact that if the court do not restrain the defendant they will demote me and the other officers given Special promotion based on our degree of efficiency intelligence, zeal and good conduct in the performance of the duties. ‘’That I know as of fact that if the demotion of over 1000 officers promoted on the degree of their efficiency, intelligence, zeal and good conduct displayed in the performance of their duties will cause crisis that will jeopardise the peace and security of Nigeria. He further averred, “that it will be in the interest of justice to grant the plaintiff’s application.”
The Lagos State government and the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, AFRH, are collaborating to address quackery and exploitation in infertility treatment in the state, Vanguard reports. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode who disclosed this last week said the government would do everything within its power to support AFRH enable the State put smiles on the faces of infertile couples seeking infertility treatment and protect them from being taken advantage of. “As a responsible government, we are willing to collaborate and partner with AFRH to ensure enforcement of the law against fake and unprofessional practitioners. This is a duty to us as a state.” Ambode who was represented by the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga at the 8th Annual International Conference of the AFRH tagged, “New Frontiers in Assisted Reproductive Technology, ART” said that considering the importance placed on child bearing in Africa as a continent and Nigeria as a nation, many marriages would have been truncated if not for Assisted Reproductive Technology. “Child bearing in this part of the world is considered one of the most important parameters in accessing successful marriage. This technology has put smiles on the face of couples and helped to hold many marriages that would have been truncated by challenges. “I am happy to note that as a government we have recorded some progress in this regard through the Institute of Fertility Medicine in partnership with Bridge Clinic, which was designed to make ART services available at affordable rates for indigent couples, has resulted in successful delivery of 74 babies to couples.”