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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the general public to be careful of the consumption of animal hides, known as Ponmo.

A statement signed by the Director General (DG) of the agency, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that most of those animal hides were meant for industrial use.

Adeyeye added that some of the animal hides were pre-treated with industrial chemicals, which were not of food grade and were toxic and injurious to human health.

According to the her, investigations have revealed that some companies legally imported hides from countries like Lebanon and Turkey, while majority of the product were smuggled into the country through the porous borders.

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“The Management of NAFDAC wishes to use this medium to alert the general public and in particular consumers of animal hides popularly known as Ponmo on the activities of some unscrupulous men and traders.

“These imported animal hides are meant for industrial use by leather industries for the manufacturing of items such as shoes, bag, belt and others.

“Health hazards inherent in the consumption of such animal hides include risk of liver, kidney and heart damage, increased risk of Aplastic anaemia, central nervous system toxicity, cancer and many more,’’ she said.

The DG also said live stock farmers were also advised to note that industrial animal hides could not be used to manufacture animal feed.

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“The associated chemicals will be stored in the tissues of these animals and will eventually end up in humans when consumed with the attendant effects.

“NAFDAC, therefore, encourage the general public to be vigilant and exercise discretion when purchasing animal hides, PONMO and indeed other food items,’’ Adeyeye said in the statement.

She stated that NAFDAC was fully alive to its responsibilities of assuring the safety, wholesomeness and quality of processed foods offered for sale to the public.

“The agency has increased the tempo of targeted and aggressive routine and unannounced inspections to monitor activities of animal hide merchants.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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2020 Budget: Reps threaten to sanction ministries, agencies

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday threatened statutory sanctions against Ministries and Agencies (MDAS) that have failed in their implementation of projects for which funds have been provided in the budget.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila who gave the warning in his resumption speech to members at the resumed plenary.
He said failure to implement budget, is a betrayal of the public trust that undermines faith in the government and frustrates good faith efforts at national development.
Gbajabiamila stressed that the Appropriation Act “is not merely a policy document or a statement of intent, but it is the law of the land that binds all Nigerians, particularly those in government”.
According to him, “Any expenditure of public funds outside of the Appropriation Act is a crime, as is a failure to implement programmes and projects for which funds have been allocated and provided”.
The Speaker assured that the “House will work with the Executive to develop and implement measures to support people that need help and ensure that the most vulnerable Nigerians can get through the reforms in the oil and power sectors with dignity”.
He said the House will exercise its oversight ” to hold people’s feet to the fire and deliver outcomes that are worthy of the sacrifices government is asking of the Nigerian people”.
Gbajabiamila announced the appointment of Henry Nwawuba (PDP-Imo) as Chairman of an Adhoc Committee to guide implementation of the updated Legislative Agenda across the Committees and other institutions of the House of Representatives.
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“We updated our Agenda to help us respond more effectively to the unique and far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our economy, on our national security and the general wellbeing of all our people.
“We must each always remember that this document is a contract with the people who sent us here and as such, our readiness and determination to keep our end of this bargain must never be in doubt” he added.
The Speaker also noted that the House has received and will shorty begin consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as part of the efforts to achieve wholesale reform of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
He said: “This is not the first time that we have initiated the Petroleum Industry Bill or similar efforts at broad oil and gas sector reform in the National Assembly. I assure all Nigerians that we in the 9th House of Representatives fully intend to succeed this time around”.

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Germany hints when COVID-19 vaccine will be available globally

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The German government says a vaccine for coronavirus would not be available globally before the middle of 2021.

Research Minister Anja Karliczek said this in Berlin on Tuesday.

He stated that it was important to ensure that a vaccine is effective and safe.

“We will not deviate from this line in Germany and Europe,” Dpa quoted the official as saying.

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Health Minister Jens Spahn affirmed that all vaccine trials would be conducted up to phase 3.

The treatment would be voluntarily tested on thousands of volunteers.

Germany has launched a €750 million fund to support vaccine developers.

In 9 months, coronavirus has infected 29.5 million people and killed more than 930,000

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