YOLA – The former Governor of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, weekend returned to Yola, after staying 10 months outside the country.Murtala-Nyako
Nyako, who was welcomed by a large crowd at the Yola International Airport, arrived at about 11 a.m and drove in a convoy to the Specialist Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Yola to console victims of June 4, bomb blast in Yola. Read More →

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Adamawa State former Governor, Murtala Nyako, on Saturday, June 6, 2015, said that he has less than N2 million in his bank account, while denying allegation of stealing state funds when he was governor.

The former governor, who was addressing his supporters in his home in Yola, said that “All through my government I had no dollar account or any account outside Nigeria.

“I did not build any house outside Nigeria and my account is less than N2 million anywhere and I challenge anyone to go and investigate. So, I am not afraid of any investigation.” Read More →

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The former Governor of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, on Saturday returned to Yola, after staying 10 months outside the country.

Nyako, who was welcomed by a large crowd at the Yola International Airport, arrived at about 11:00 a.m and drove in a convoy to the Specialist Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Yola to console victims of June 4, bomb blast in Yola.Murtala-Nyako

Addressing supporters who later besieged his residence, Nyako thanked them for the solidarity.

“I want to thank the people of Adamawa for their contribution in voting PDP out of office.

“We need to support big brother Buhari, who will deliver,” Nyako said. Read More →

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By Muhammad Bello

 


Stiffer penalty awaits organisations and individuals who deal in counterfeit drugs and substandard products in Nigeria as an executive bill is being proposed that would make the prosecution of such offenders possible.

President Goodluck Jonathan

A source at the Presidency told THISDAY after the meeting of the Economic Management Team (EMT) presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday that the move being contemplated is intended to support  local manufacturers and protect them from unhealthy competition with those who imported inferior products.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, told journalists after the meeting that the decision reached by the apex government is that “we agreed that we must support the three agencies to better link their activities together so that they can work in concert.

“We also agreed to make sure they have the resources they need to execute the job, to support them to have stronger enforcement powers,” she said, noting that substandard products wherever they may have been manufactured could both be detrimental to consumers.

The three agencies that made presentations on how to overcome the negative effect of substandard products on the economy are the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).

All the agencies were directed by the government to synchronise their activities with that of the Federal Standard Regulatory Agencies to work in order to tackle the menace of sub-standard products in the country. Okonjo-Iweala said government would give support to the organisations in the enforcement of regulations in the control of fake products.

Though she did not elaborate, disclosing disclosed that NAFDAC had brought down the prevalence  rate of fake drugs down to six per cent from the 16.7 per cent during the leadership of Prof. Dora Akunyili.

Speaking in the same vein, Adamawa Governor,  Murtala Nyako, said the Team was satisfied with the presentations made by the agencies and suggestions were offered to them to improve on their activities.

“What they need to do is to have more co-operations among the Agencies and improved funding from government to help them in doing their job,’’ he said.

Anambra Governor, Peter Obi said curtailing sub-standard products and dumping of goods into the country would help in growing the local industries

 

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