The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited the approval to reopen.
The liquid firm also stated that it had submitted to the police information about its absconded worker that was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, “Sweet sweet codeine”.
These statements were made by the firm’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Stella Okoli, while speaking during the reopening of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid factory yesterday in Lagos.
The doctor, however, lamented that one of its products – Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness – has been turned into a substance of abuse.
She added that the menace of drug abuse is a national concern and everybody should be concerned, adding that all hands should be on deck to arrest the situation.
Dr. Okoli further said her company, Emzor, would seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward, especially from the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme.
“As a parent and especially a mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. We follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) here at Emzor, and NAFDAC officials from the investigation and enforcement directorate conducted an inspection of our factory and were given full access to all the records they requested. We are happy to announce that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory,” said. Okoli.
Also speaking, the Director-General Duties, Human Resources, and Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said the company has built trust among its consumers across the country, and continent based on proper internal regulatory, and professional certifications for manufacturing, and human resources.
“Every site we operate has GMP certificate issued and every product meets required specifications. The spate of drug abuse is really worrisome. It is a social ill. Many substances are being abused and everybody has a role to play. It is unfortunate that Emzor is in the spectacle among the three companies in the documentary,” said Mrs, Ezeoke.
Mrs. Ezeoke affirmed that all sanctions issued by NAFDAC have been adhered to and it is gladdening that the Liquid factory has been reopened.
Buhari Praises Abacha Amidst Evil Deeds Performed By Gen Sani Abacha
Between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million barrels per day at average cost of $100 per barrel. It went up to $143. So Nigeria was earning 2.1m million times 100 times 16 years.
When we came, it collapsed to $37-38 and it was oscillating between 40 and 54 sometimes. I went to the Governor of Central Bank; thank goodness I did not sack him; he is still there!
I went with my cap in my hand but there were no savings, only debt. And you know more than I do, the condition of the roads and some of them were not repaired since PTF days.
No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on… On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on.
And now we have to pay the debts and this year and last year’s budgets were the highest in capital projects: more than N1.3trillion. Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly.
What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing? So, really, this country, luckily for me, I said it about 8 years ago that we have no other country than Nigeria, we should remain here and salvage it together.”
“What Have You Benefited From Me?”- Buhari Asks His Supporters
President Muhammadu Buhari who is set to contest in the 2019 upcoming general elections, has appreciated his supporters.
President Muhammadu Buhari was full of gratitude to his supporters under the aegis of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), who visited him at the presidential villa on Tuesday.
According to SaharaReporters, while speaking with the team, led by Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Buhari wondered “what the hell” was their benefit, since they weren’t receiving payment for their service.
“Nobody is paying you for what you have been doing. It is because, from the bottom of your hearts, you exposed yourselves by identifying with me through opposition to success and after the success I don’t know how many of you people will say what the hell you got out of it,” he said.
“You can only get satisfaction through voluntary and understandable way of believing in issues you do. You are only expecting your return from God and you are looking for the future of the country, your children and your grandchildren.
“Sometime I wonder… those who can afford to educate their children overseas – America, Europe, Asia and so on, and they continue… I wonder want kind of Nigerians they want their children to come and work with.
“I think there is a lot of lack of imagination because if you’re fighting for the country then you shouldn’t be misappropriating or misapplying the fund the way people do.”
Buhari To Lead 1 Million Nigerians For ‘Democracy Walk’
The National Democracy Stakeholders Group (NSDG), a pro-democracy and non-profit organisation, says President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the 2018 edition of “Democracy Solidarity Walk”.
Kletsaint Akor, NSDG’s convener, told reporters on Sunday that Buhari would lead the walk scheduled for May 29 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
He said the walk, organised by NSDG in collaboration with state and non-state partners, would also be led by governors in the 36 state capitals across Nigeria.
According to Akor, the walk, which is the fourth edition with the theme “Walk for credible, free and fair 2019 election”, is expected to attract over 1 million people nationwide.
He said the aim of the exercise was to moblise Nigerians to take ownership of the 2019 electoral process through participation, enlightenment and protection of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.