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WARNING…NAFDAC bans use of agro-chemical, snipers as insecticides

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it is warning against use of agro-chemicals and snipers as insecticides at homes.

Mr Phillip Benu, Assistant Director in NAFDAC who at the sidelines of awareness campaign said the agency organised the program in conjunction with national Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across Ilorin metropolis.

Benu said agency also bans the sale of these chemicals in the open markets, adding that this also extends to use of calcium carbides to ripen fruits.

According to him, the agency embark on the awareness campaign to sensitized the public against use of agro-chemicals, snipers and carbides because they are carcinogenic and can ultimately lead to death.

“There have been instances where these chemicals have mistakenly dropped into foods of families which is fatal.

“We are sensitising the public’s of the dangers of these chemicals as anybody without knowledge of their harmful effect can use them, ” he warned.

He also said fruit sellers who use calcium carbides to ripen fruits should desist from doing so, as such chemicals are found to be carcinogenic.

The NAFDAC officials said as of January 2020, the agency will employ punitive measures on anybody found selling such chemicals in open markets.

Also speaking with NAN, Mr Yusuf Abduljaleel, President of Drug Free and Quality Control of the NYSC, said there is need for people to know the dangers surrounding these chemicals especially snipers.

He observed that people were known to have used it to commit suicides, hence the need for it’s control.

According to him, many people are unaware that carbides is used to ripen fruits and thus endanger people’s lives.

The event includes campaign walks around Maraba, Post-office and market areas, while distributing fliers with the inscription:” Say No to use of calcium carbides for fruit ripening”, Say No to use of Agro-chemical formulations of Dichloruns” and Say No to sale of snipers”, among others.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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Kwara seeks FG’s special intervention over ecological problem

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Kwara State Government on Sunday called on the Federal Government to give special consideration to the state to address ecological challenges confronting it, especially the yearly flooding arising from the overflow of the River Niger and Asa River.

Asa river bridge along Abdulwahab Folawiyo road, Ilorin

“People of Kwara State have suffered greatly from ecological problems linked to yearly overflowing of these rivers and it is only fair for the state to be considered for special palliatives to fix damaged infrastructure and economic lives of our people and mitigate the effects on the affected communities,” Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Isiaka Al-Amin, told a news briefing on Sunday in Ilorin, the state capital.

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The news briefing followed a sensitisation tour of flood-prone areas in the state by a committee set up by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. The interministerial committee, chaired by Al-Amin, was set up as part of government’s efforts to lessen the impact of flooding in the state.

Al-Amin said the yearly overflow of the River Niger has cut off communities, destroyed farmlands and displaced thousands of people across the state, calling on the Federal Government to consider urgent dredging of the River to end the perennial flooding.

He also called for urgent completion of the channelisation of the Asa River to curtail the yearly flooding in the state, especially in the Kwara Central Senatorial District.

“While it has become pertinent to strengthen high-level advocacy and sensitisation to educate our teeming population to vacate riverine areas pending when the rain subsides, we wish to place it on record that this is an ecological problem which requires urgent and enduring solution. It is on that note that we call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency consider the dredging of the River Niger to end the perennial flooding and destruction of properties in communities bordering it,” he said.

“Moreover, our people are advised to always remain where they are during a suspected heavy downpour.  Meanwhile, it has been approved that outstanding fertilisers meant for farmers be distributed immediately to enhance their farm products.”

Al-Amin said the committee has succeeded in getting some flood-prone communities to relocate temporarily to facilities provided by the government, commending the traditional and thoughts leaders for their support in the campaign.

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Residents appeal to Kwara govt for electricity transformer

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Residents of Oke-Foma phase III in the Ilorin West local government area of Kwara State has appealed to the state government to assist the community with transformer in order to curb the current power outage affecting them.
ROYAL NEWS gathered that the community which is composed of no fewer than 3000 households is in total blackout for some months.
A statement signed by stakeholders in the community, Hon. Tunde Mohammed and Hon. Ologbomoso,  appealed for government’s quick intervention towards solving the menace of erratic power supply in the community.
He however disclosed that efforts have been made in the past towards intimating appropriate government agencies in the past in order to facilitate replacement of the faulty transformer in earnest.
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