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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Kwara seeks FG’s special intervention over ecological problem
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.
“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.
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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