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NAFDAC: Prof. Iwu’s Covid-19 Tea yet to secure final approval- Prof. Adeyeye

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The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

… Says two other herbal drugs also made the Clinical trial-test list***

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has denounced the claims of efficacy of IHPDetox Tea for the cure of COVID-19 patients purportedly made by the Prof. Maurice Iwu on one of the national dailies of 28th March 2022, stressing that the Tea is still undergoing Clinical Trial and is yet to receive full approval.

Maurice Iwu, the Chief Executive officer of Bioresources Development and Conservative Programme, allegedly made the statement, claiming that only his product had secured the NAFDAC endorsement, whereas, two other products, in addition to Iwu’s tea, made the blue line.

In a swift response, however, Prof. Iwu admitted that while NAFDAC is the only authorized Agency by law that is allowed to make any pronouncement on the quality, safety and efficacy of all regulated products with satisfactory evidence, he did not authorise the publication and therefore cannot compel retraction, more so, as the publication was not made, via advert placement.

He noted that being an unsolicited and independent editorial decision of the newspaper, ‘’we are not in a position to compel the newspaper to retract its story nor retract a story not published by us or at our instance’’.

The NAFDAC Boss, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has however frowned on the misrepresentation, only her agency is authorised to make such a declaration.

‘’Only NAFDAC has the mandate to make any pronouncement on the quality, safety, and efficacy of all regulated products that showed satisfactory scientific evidence’’, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a media statement signed by the Agency’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola highlighted in Abuja on Sunday.

The Agency maintained that the media reports was ostensibly circulated at the instance of the promoters of IHP  Detox Tea which claimed that the herbal medicine was the only product approved by the Agency for the treatment of COVID-19.

In a letter to the Chief Executive officer of Bioresources Development and Conservative Programme, Prof. Maurice Iwu, by the regulatory body,  the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye said that NAFDAC is the only authorized Agency by law that is allowed to make any pronouncement on safety and efficacy of all regulated products with satisfactory scienti6cevidence (Clinical Trial).

‘’Therefore, it is worrisome that such unguided statement is made without the stated fact that no product can be approved by NAFDAC without satisfactory clinical evidence’’, she noted in a tone laden with grief.

The NAFDAC boss explained that three herbal formulations were approved for clinical trial studies during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

She said while two studies have commenced including the IHPDetox Tea, the third clinical trial study is yet to start. According to her, the IHP Detox Tea clinical trial study at CMU/LUTH and NAUTH, approved for Prof Iwu’s company, was only a pilot study, (that is still ongoing), with a small sample size that is inadequate to make a pronouncement on safety and efficacy of the product.

She insisted that only a NAFDAC approved Phase 3 Clinical Trial with enough sample size can be used to make such claims on efficacy, after regulatory approval of the study outcomes.

Ex-INEC boss, Prof. Maurice Iwu

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye noted with dismay that the World Health  Organisation WHO team and other well-meaning individuals in the research space have found the claim of the efficacy of the IHP DetoxTea misleading, and the Agency is saddled with the responsibility to provide oversight and deter such inaccurate information on regulated products in the country.

Ex-INEC boss, Prof. Maurice Iwu

She disclosed that preparatory to the WHO team’s visit to Nigeria for the study, NAFDAC officials on inspection of the clinical trial site of IHP Detox Tea had found some lapses.

‘’We discovered some seventeen (17) lapses during our inspection visit.

We passed the lapses to them as a compliance directive to address.’’, she said, adding that the company was yet to respond to the identified lapses by the regulatory authority before making pronouncement that the product is efficacious for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

She, however, asked Prof Iwu to retract the statement on the same newspapers and any other platform used for such improper and misleading representation of the IHP Detox Tea study within 48 hours from the receipt of the letter and inform the Agency on the action to avoid further regulatory sanctions.

In the meantime, Prof. Iwu has reiterating his profound gratitude to the Agency for the kind approval of the pilot study protocol during the peak of the SARS-COV2 pandemic, Prof Iwu urged the newspapers that published the report to make the necessary correction.

He insisted that being an unsolicited and independent editorial decision of the newspaper, ‘’we are not in a position to compel the newspaper to retract its story nor retract a story not published by us or at our instance’’.

He equally averred that the publication under reference was neither an advertisement nor authored by his organization or its functionary or employee.

It was learned that Iwu In a letter dated May 17, 2022, and addressed to the DG NAFDAC, Prof. Adeyeye, Prof Iwu pointed out that from the text of the publication, it appears to be an opinion of the journalist who wrote the story, as he admonished the newspaper to correct the said misinformation that is capable of misleading members of the public.

‘’We have, however, drawn the attention of the editor of the concerned newspaper to the observation of NAFDAC for their necessary correction’’, Iwu, according to Sayo Akintola, NAFDAC Resident Media Consultant further said.

 

 

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LASG Unveils 24-hour Customer Service Centre To Enhance Traffic Management

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LASG Unveils 24-hour Customer Service Centre To Enhance Traffic Management

In a significant move to enhance the operations of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Lagos State Government has launched a 24-hour Customer Service Center, equipped with a dedicated Toll-Free Hot Lines, a Walk-In Complaint Centre, a Website, a Whistleblower App, and a new Department of Statistics, Research, and Data. 

According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, the centre is at the LASTMA headquarters.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Giwa officially opened the Customer Service Center and announced the dedicated lines as 0800-00-527862 or 0800-00-LASTMA.

Explaining the initiative, Hon. Sola Giwa said Motorists can contact the Call Center via the toll-free hotlines to report incidents, request assistance, or seek information on road conditions, including updates on the activities of LASTMA personnel. 

He said the centre will also enable drivers get real-time updates on road conditions and traffic advisories, enabling them to plan their routes more effectively, avoid congestion and reduce travel time.

Highlighting the features of the customer support centres, the Special Adviser further explained that the whistleblower app is designed to involve everyone in the state’s traffic management. 

“When you see something, say something,” he added. The app is available for download on the Android Play Store”, Sola Giwa said, stressing that the whistleblower app will allow Motorists and other road users to report dangerous driving and other reckless behaviours on the road, enabling LASTMA to take immediate action and uphold traffic regulations. 

He said the public can also earn points for every valid incident they report and get rewarded for their actions.

Hon. Giwa also mentioned that a walk-in complaint centre and a live interactive website (lastma.org) are available for citizens to engage with traffic management personnel, urging everyone to embrace the initiative.

Discussing the new Department of Statistics, Research, and Data, he explained that the department aims to provide a comprehensive breakdown and analysis of vehicles on Lagos roads. 

This includes real-time data on the number of vehicles impounded, categorized by private and commercial vehicles, and details on accidents and other traffic offences.

In the demonstration on statistics and data carried out between January and June 2024, the Special Adviser debunked the belief that the agency concentrates more on private vehicles disclosing that 5, 547 commercial vehicles were impounded for traffic infringement as against 3, 823 private vehicles. 

In his address, the Commissioner for Transportation Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi emphasized that the customer support centres aim to improve communication between the public and LASTMA, streamline traffic operations, and significantly enhance the overall driving experience in Lagos State. 

He noted that with these new centres, Traffic Management Officers are now just a phone call away, at no cost to the public.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olalekan Bakare Oki, confirmed that officers managing the newly launched Call Center have been thoroughly trained by the government, noting that the agency will use multiple languages, including English, Pidgin, and Yoruba, to ensure convenient communication for all members of the public.

 

He reiterated the agency’s commitment to prioritizing public feedback, stating that input from citizens will aid in efficient traffic management across the state.

The event was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos Ministry of Transportation Mr. Olawale Musa, Directors in the ministry and LASTMA Personnel.

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Waterloo: NAF Kills Several Terrorists In Aerial Bombardment In Borno

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Waterloo: NAF Kills Several Terrorists In Aerial Bombardment In Borno

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai, has eliminated several terrorists in an aerial bombardment in their hideouts in Borno.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Thursday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that the hideouts located near Degbewa and Chinene in the Mandara mountains in the state were known terrorists’ hideouts.

He said the air strikes became expedient after several days of aerial surveillance which revealed a consistent gathering of a large number of terrorists in the area.

According to him, the location is also suspected to be a site for manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices and a storage area.

”The terrorists were also observed to be loitering within the vicinity, clearly oblivious of what was to befall them, and probably confident that their location was safe and secured from any form of military bombardments.

”The air strikes were thus authorised with the aircraft bombarding the locations in several passes until the majority of the terrorists were eliminated.

”Others observed fleeing the location were taken out using canons,” he said.

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Sumal: 1 Dies, 12 Arrested In Ibadan Palliative Protest – Police

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… Affirms protest hijacked by criminal elements who forced their way into the factory

The Police Command in Oyo State says one person died and 12 suspects were arrested in a violent protest by workers of Sumal Food Company, Ibadan, over palliatives on Monday.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Osifeso said the protest broke out in the factory located at Oluyole Industrial Estate, Ibadan around 4 p.m. on Monday.

He said that the workers staged the protest to challenge what they called non-distribution of the palliatives allegedly given by the Federal Government to all private companies across the country.

Osifeso said that it was sad that the protest was hijacked by criminal elements who forced their way into the factory, thus destroying vehicles and other property worth millions of naira.

“One person died and 12 suspects were arrested in connection with the violent protest,’’ he said.

The spokesman, however, said that normalcy had returned to the area where the company is located, following the deployment of police operatives to maintain peace.

He also said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayodele Sonubi, had ordered the transfer of the matter to the homicide unit of the Criminal Investigations Department for further investigation.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the protest was premised on false information created and peddled by some workers over the disbursement of palliatives to privately-owned companies,’’ he said.

Osifeso said that the command would give further information on the matter as soon investigation was concluded.

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