Onitsha medicine dealers partner NAFDAC, NDLEA against

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From Aloysius Atttah, Onitsha

Medicine dealers at the Ogbogu International Market, Bridge-Head, Onitsha, Anambra State, have established a solid synergy with regulatory agencies, such as the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), towards stamping out fake and illicit drugs from circulation.

Chairman of the market, Chukwuleta Ndubisi, who made the disclosure yesterday, said as a matter of policy in the market, they have distanced themselves from the production and distribution of narcotics, hard drugs, fake, expired, unwholesome, counterfeit and substandard drugs in the market.

Flanked by other members of the Union executive, including the Secretary, Chigozie Obianyo, Treasurer, Kenneth Olisaeke, PRO, Anozie Chibuzor, Provost, Bob Onyeka, Ihuoma Joshua and Uchenna Ubache, among others, Chukwuleta disclosed that the union has a standard constituted task force in place which checkmates the activities of their members in terms of fakery and hard drugs and reports back to NAFDAC.

They argued that the insinuations making the rounds in both social media and national dailies, that they deal on fake products were the handiwork of those they identified as busy bodies, agents of blackmail and idle minds itching to reap from where they did not sow.

“It is on record that this incumbent executive, led by my humble self, had, shortly on assumption of office, unleashed its task force on the entire market, aimed at ridding it of any form of fake, expired, counterfeit and unwholesome products, including narcotics and hard drugs,” said Chukwuleta.

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Osun teacher in trouble for ‘defrauding’ newly recruited teachersFrom Lateef Dada, Osogbo. A teacher in the service of the Osun State Government, Olowookere Abimbola, has been suspended for allegedly defrauding some newly recruited teachers on the pretence to influence their posting. A statement by the Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Oladoyin, yesterday, noted that the suspect was suspended for defrauding recently recruited teachers to the tune of N30,000.

Oladoyin said the suspect collected money from the teachers in Osun East Education District and promised to influence their posting to their preferred school of choice anywhere outside the district.

He warned the new teachers against falling into the hands of deceitful people who demand money or other gratifications from them, under the guise of influencing their postings.Oladoyin explained that the first batch of 1,000 teachers recruited would be posted to schools and towns where their services are needed. He stressed that the posting of the new teachers rests solely with the state Ministry of Education and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).He, however, warned teachers and other officials of government, who are still in the act of collecting money before rendering one service or the other, to desist from such act or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

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