Over 15, 000 un­claimed voter cards – INEC

Weekly Trust - - News - Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi Shehu Umar, Gusau

Over 15,000 voter cards are yet to be claimed by reg­is­tered vot­ers in Bauchi State.

The State Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner (REC) for the state, Al­haji Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi dis­closed this in Bauchi when he paid a cour­tesy call on Gover­nor Mo­hammed Abubakar at the Govern­ment House.

He said that the un­claimed vot­ers cards are now at the Bauchi State of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent The Phar­ma­cists Coun­cil of Nige­ria (PCN) has sealed 462 phar­ma­cies and patent medicine stores for op­er­at­ing with­out reg­is­tra­tion with the body and poor san­i­tary con­di­tions among oth­ers.

The di­rec­tor, In­spec­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing, Phar­ma­cists Coun­cil of Nige­ria, Phar­ma­cist An­tho­nia O Aruya said in Gusau that the PCN En­force­ment Team ob­served that many phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal premises com­menced op­er­a­tions with­out ful­fill­ment of the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for reg­is­tra­tion while Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

Ac­cord­ing to him, the cards were those of per­sons who reg­is­tered dur­ing the first phase of reg­is­tra­tion early this year adding that the sec­ond phase was on-go­ing.

Gover­nor Abubakar thanked the REC for the visit as­sur­ing that as a true demo­crat who oc­cu­pied a po­lit­i­cal of­fice with over 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in INEC, he would sup­port the com­mis­sion to dis­charge its du­ties.

Coun­cil seals 462 phar­ma­cies, medicine stores

failed to re­new their li­cences.

Mrs Aruya fur­ther ex­plained that one of the core man­dated of PCN is to en­sure ra­tio­nal dis­tri­bu­tion and dis­pens­ing of medicines that are safe, ef­fec­tive and of qual­ity to the public and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fa­cil­i­ties are ex­pected to ful­fil cer­tain con­di­tions in line with the PCN guide­lines be­fore reg­is­tra­tion.

She then ad­vised mem­bers of the public to pur­chase their medicines from li­censed phar­ma­cies and sim­ple house­hold reme­dies from li­censed patent and pro­pri­ety medicines shops.

The Ohim­egye of Igu- Ko­tonkarfe Chief­dom in Kogi State, Al­haji Ab­dul­razak Isa Koto (left) with the Eje of Dek­ina, Al­haji Us­man Obaje, dur­ing the Eje’s visit to Ohim­egye’s Palace yes­ter­day. Abubakar Sadiq Isah

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