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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, lambasted the Federal government over its decision to import Madagascar herbal concoction, COVID Organics, CVO, saying it is ‘distasteful for a country that should be the leader of Africa to go this low.” In a press statement signed by the National President of PSN, Pharm. Sam Ohuabunwa said while in principle they would not mind the government importing any new drug that is proven to cure COVID-19 or any other disease which Nigerian has no capacity or technology to produce locally, they are totally appalled that the country would spend scarce foreign exchange to import what he described as “‘coal into Newcastle’. “Even if we are not going to pay for this, it is thoroughly disgraceful that a country that should be the leader of Africa, with the largest GDP will allow itself to be dragged this low. ALSO READ: Breaking: Use Madagascar’s herbal drug to treat COVID-19 patients – Buhari Noting that Nigeria has about 174 Universities (43 Federal, 52 State and 79 private), 20 Faculties of Pharmacy and about 69 Federal-Funded Research Institutes, he said Madagascar has only six Universities, one Faculty of Pharmacy and 9 Research Centres. Ohuabunwa who further argued that the country has some of the best scientists in the world said Nigeria has developed a pharmacopoeia of natural and herbal products with one of the richest flora and fauna – potent sources of phytomedicines. The President of PSN pointed out that since the outbreak of the COVID-19, a number of scientists and many herbal companies have raised their voices that they have herbal and natural products that can be used to treat or manage COVID-19 the federal government has failed to review these claims. “We have raised our voices severally that the Federal government should review these claims and help put them through clinical evaluation as most of these producers cannot afford to conduct clinical trials. We have recommended that a portion of the nearly 25 Billion Naira donated/allocated for the COVID-19 pandemic should be dedicated for local research and development. But our Government has remained essentially silent only waiting to participate in WHO sponsored or mandated trials. We have been told that Nigeria is participating in the WHO solidarity trial, but nothing on trying our own inventions and formulations.” ALSO READ: President Buhari to unveil Prof. Agboola Gambari as new Chief of Staff They queried why the country wants to import COVID Organics from Madagascar for a try. “Why are we like this? If the world can supply us synthetic and chemically-sophisticated medicines which we apparently lack the technology to produce, why must we wait for the World to supply us herbal formulations which we can easily make and which we have similar products, “they queried. Continuing, they urged the Government to save Nigerian Pharmaceutical Scientists and other scientists from the shame of having the country import and try herbal remedies which God has given the country in abundance. “Let us try our own local formulations before we try COVID Organics or any other imported remedy. Every well-meaning nation has been in a race to find cures, remedies and other medical supplies used for COVID-19, while we seem to wait for other nations to solve our problems. “There is much talk but little action. This dependency mentality needs to change and now is the time. We must seize this opportunity to look inwards, build confidence in our abilities, competences and re-orientate our national economic philosophy from import dependency to export-driven. And Nigeria can beat India and China in the production and export of herbal products if anyone is willing to lead us down this part,” they stated.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged farmers to return to their farms in order to provide food for Nigerians, as there is no money for importation.

Buhari, while speaking with State House reporters after Eid prayers on Sunday, also prayed for a favourable raining season.

“I hope the raining season would be bountiful so that we get a lot of food.

“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save our lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.

“In any case, we don’t have any money to import food. So, we must produce what we are going to eat,” he said.

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, used the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I wish to thank the Federal Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their efforts in combating the pandemic,” she said.

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In fulfillment of his promises to renew infrastructure in critical sectors, Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is to inaugurate housing, education, and road projects as part of activities to mark one year in the office.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Sunday, that some of the projects would be inaugurated virtually while the others would be on-site.
He noted that Sanwo-Olu’s administration would be one year old on May 29.
The official said that a number of programmes had been slated to commemorate the anniversary.

He said that the governor would visit Ikorodu to inaugurate the 360-unit Lagos Homes and visit Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate, Lekki, and the Courtland Villas on Femi Okunnu Estate during the weeklong celebration.
”In the education sector, Sanwo-Olu will conduct virtual inauguration of completed classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu; Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga; and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, among others.
”Virtual inauguration of completed works such as the Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu, Aradagun-Ajido- Epeme Road in Badagry, and the Maryland Signalisation project also forms part of the itinerary to commemorate the anniversary
”Prior to May 29, Sanwo-Olu will deliver Children’s Day address on May 27, which coincides with the 53rd anniversary of the state,” he said.
The commissioner said that the anniversary events would not be held elaborately, in order to reflect the realities and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
”This is not a time to engage in any elaborate celebrations.
”The governor, however, considers it essential to render an account of his service to Lagosians since he was voted into office a year ago,” Omotosho said.
The commissioner said that in the next few days, the anniversary programmes would begin at the J.J.T Park in Alausa, with press briefings by some members of the state executive council.
He said that commissioners and special advisers would present their scorecards in tandem with the six pillars of the state’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

”Three special publications highlighting the achievements of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and testimonies of beneficiaries of various initiatives of the government are slated for presentation to the public by the governor and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
”Sanwo-Olu remains focused on fulfilling his campaign promises to Lagosians and determined to accomplish set targets in spite of the temporary setback occasioned by the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an interesting alteration to our ways of life,” he said.

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