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AMOTEKUN: Oyo Govt. boosts security with N59.7 million takeoff grants

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Written by Maritime First

…As NAFDAC closes 2 suspected fake, vegetable oil selling outlets in Kwara***

Determined to further boost the cherished security in the state, the Oyo State Government has approved N59.78 million as a grant, for the effective take-off, of the State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun.’

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun in Ibadan.

The statement indicated that the approval was given during the state’s 19th virtual executive council meeting, on Tuesday.

It said the grants were for the procurement of 3,000 units of uniform, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts and worsted socks.

The money would also cover the production of logo for the personnel, to serve as identity and distinguish them from other security agencies in the state.

It added that the council also approved N75.87 million to provide necessary equipments for the re-accreditation of Adeoyo Maternity Centre, Yemetu, in Ibadan, as a full-fledged teaching hospital.

The statement explained that the accreditation initially given to the hospital was withdrawn for failure to have necessary equipments in place.

It said the council gave approval for the grant in conformity with the administration’s passion to revitalise the health sector in the state.

The statement said the hospital would, henceforth, serve as residency training and gynaecology centre to add value to the iconic health institution and improve the image of the state.

“In pursuant of this lofty goal, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has visited Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital and has notified the state government of its intention to re-accredit the hospital.

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“The equipment to be procured include six hydraulic delivery beds, two theatre electronic/automatic tables, one laparoscope and one hysteroscope.

“Others are one colposcope, two CTG, two ultrasound, four Angle Poise Lamps and one anaesthetic machine,” it said.

Accordong to the statement, the facility would be ready for re-accreditation before the end of the year.

In another development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has closed two vegetable oil packaging retail outlets in Ilorin.

NAFDAC classified the outlet as unregistered that has sold more than 2.2 million litres of what it called unverified vegetable oil to the public.

Mrs Roselyn Ajayi, Kwara Coordinator of NAFDAC, said on Wednesday in Ilorin that the closure was preceded by a tip-off that led to the discovery of the outlets which are located at Adabata and Stadium Road, Ilorin.

“We were tipped off by some concerned citizens and we investigated and found out that the individuals were engaged in packaging and selling vegetable oil whose sources are unverifiable.

“Investigation revealed that one of the marketers acquired more than 2.2 million litres of unverified vegetable oil and selling it to the public; those involved were caught packaging and placing labels of unregistered brands on the product,” she said.

The NAFDAC coordinator explained that the source of the vegetable oil could not be verified even though the labels suggested that they were manufactured in Malaysia.

Ajayi said that those involved had been arrested, the facilities had been locked and the agency would take appropriate regulatory sanctions on individuals found guilty of violating the laws.

Ajayi assured the public that efforts were continually on to ensure safety, quality and wholesomeness of processed foods through regular routine monitoring of production.

She said that it had become imperative for the public to always ensure that any packaged foods and drugs they would buy should be with NAFDAC-approved label.

The coordinator, however, observed that some individuals would go as far as faking NAFDAC registration numbers, noting that any product that “is registered by NAFDAC will also carry the registration number”.

Ajayi noted that the perpetrators took the advantage of COVID-19 pandemic situation to engage in the unwholesome practice to produce and sell unregistered products in the state by thinking that the agency had reduced its routine and surveillance activities.

“We were not able to go out for surveillance activities as we use to do. They took advantage of the fact the regulatory agency are not operating at full capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Their illegal activities became heightened and based on the tip-off and the magnitude that was described to us, I had to recall some of the officers who were not suppose to be on duty to join some of us on duty.

“We also involved security operatives so that we can trace where these activities are being perpetrated and the culprit,” she said.

She, however, said that NAFDAC would not close its eyes and allow such regrettable violations to sabotage the effort of safeguarding the health of the public.

Determined to further boost the cherished security in the state, the Oyo State Government has approved N59.78 million as grant, for the effective take-off, of the State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun.’

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun in Ibadan.

The statement indicated that the approval was given during the state’s 19th virtual executive council meeting, on Tuesday.

It said the grants was for the procurement of 3,000 units of uniform, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts and worsted socks.

The money would also cover the production of logo for the personnel, to serve as identity and distinguish them from other security agencies in the state.

It added that the council also approved N75.87 million to provide necessary equipments for the re-accreditation of Adeoyo Maternity Centre, Yemetu, in Ibadan, as a full fledged teaching hospital.

The statement explained that the accreditation initially given to the hospital was withdrawn for failure to have necessary equipments in place.

It said the council gave approval for the grant in conformity with the administration’s passion to revitalise the health sector in the state.

The statement said the hospital would, henceforth, serve as residency training and gynaecology centre to add value to the iconic health institution and improve the image of the state.

“In pursuant of this lofty goal, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has visited Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital and has notified the state government of its intention to re-accredit the hospital.

“The equipment to be procured include six hydraulic delivery beds, two theatre electronic/automatic tables, one laparoscope and one hysteroscope.

“Others are one colposcope, two CTG, two ultrasound, four Angle Poise Lamps and one anaesthetic machine,” it said.

Accordong to the statement, the facility would be ready for re-accreditation before the end of the year.

In another development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has closed two vegetable oil packaging retail outlets in Ilorin.

NAFDAC classified the outlet as unregistered that has sold more than 2.2 million litres of what it called unverified vegetable oil to the public.

Mrs Roselyn Ajayi, Kwara Coordinator of NAFDAC, said on Wednesday in Ilorin that the closure was preceded by a tip-off that led to the discovery of the outlets which are located at Adabata and Stadium Road, Ilorin.

“We were tipped off by some concerned citizens and we investigated and found out that the individuals were engaged in packaging and selling vegetable oil whose sources are unverifiable.

“Investigation revealed that one of the marketers acquired more than 2.2 million litres of unverified vegetable oil and selling it to the public; those involved were caught packaging and placing labels of unregistered brands on the product,” she said.

The NAFDAC coordinator explained that the source of the vegetable oil could not be verified even though the labels suggested that they were manufactured in Malaysia.

Ajayi said that those involved had been arrested, the facilities had been locked and the agency would take appropriate regulatory sanctions on individuals found guilty of violating the laws.

Ajayi assured the public that efforts were continually on to ensure safety, quality and wholesomeness of processed foods through regular routine monitoring of production.

She said that it had become imperative for the public to always ensure that any packaged foods and drugs they would buy should be with NAFDAC-approved label.

The coordinator, however, observed that some individuals would go as far as faking NAFDAC registration numbers, noting that any product that “is registered by NAFDAC will also carry the registration number”.

Ajayi noted that the perpetrators took the advantage of COVID-19 pandemic situation to engage in the unwholesome practice to produce and sell unregistered products in the state by thinking that the agency had reduced its routine and surveillance activities.

“We were not able to go out for surveillance activities as we use to do. They took advantage of the fact the regulatory agency are not operating at full capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Their illegal activities became heightened and based on the tip-off and the magnitude that was described to us, I had to recall some of the officers who were not suppose to be on duty to join some of us on duty.

“We also involved security operatives so that we can trace where these activities are being perpetrated and the culprit,” she said.

She, however, said that NAFDAC would not close its eyes and allow such regrettable violations to sabotage the effort of safeguarding the health of the public.

 

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