6 Buhari sets up panel on drug prices

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina Ma­likatu Umar Shuaibu

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day di­rected the set­ting up of an in­ter­min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee to find how medicines and livestock drugs can be made avail­able to the Nige­rian pub­lic at re­duced prices.

Re­ceiv­ing the ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers of a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, Gra­ham Foggs Ltd at State House, Abuja, he re­it­er­ated his The Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) is to di­vert all flight op­er­a­tions from the “D” Wing of the Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MMIA), La­gos to the “E” Wing of the air­port to­day.

FAAN made the an­nounce­ment in a state­ment signed by its Gen­eral Man­ager, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Hen­ri­etta Yakubu in La­gos yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the di­ver­sion is due to rou­tine main­te­nance sched­ule at MMIA.

“FAAN hereby no­ti­fies air­lines, pas­sen­gers and the gen­eral pub­lic that be­tween 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 24, we will em­bark on a rou­tine main­te­nance at the D Wing of the Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port, La­gos.

“Con­se­quently, all flight op­er­a­tions at the Wing will be di­verted to E Wing while the main­te­nance work would last,” the state­ment said. (NAN) Fire yes­ter­day razed over 100 shops in the pop­u­lar Fun­tua Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Mar­ket in Katsina metropo­lis.

The cause of the fire was un­known at the time of fill­ing this re­port. It started at about 7.30 pm and lasted al­most two hours, dam­ag­ing prop­erty worth mil­lions of naira.

Wit­nesses said fire of­fi­cers and sym­pa­this­ers in­ter­vened to put it out.

Shop own­ers and traders were busy try­ing to sav­age what they could from their shops as the fire burned. No life was lost. The state emer­gency man­age­ment agency said it was yet to be briefed on the in­ci­dent. The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) has in­creased its an­nual do­na­tion to the Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day ap­peal fund by 40 per cent to fur­ther as­sist fam­i­lies of the na­tion’s fallen he­roes.

The Min­is­ter of FCT, Malam Muham­mad Musa Bello, dis­closed this yes­ter­day in Abuja when he was dec­o­rated with the 2019 em­blem by the leader of a del­e­ga­tion from the Min­istry of De­fence, Ma­jor Isa Ab­dul­hamid Ja­wondo, in a cer­e­mony in his of­fice.

Malam Bello said ap­proval had been given for the re­lease of the fund and pledged the con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the im­prove­ment of the qual­ity of lives of Nige­ri­ans.

The pres­i­dent in a state­ment by his Spokesper­son, Femi Adesina charged the Min­is­ters of Health as well as Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment to work with the com­pany, short-cir­cuit dis­rup­tive bu­reau­cracy and brief him from time to time.

The com­pany, led by Chief Sam Nda-Isa­iah, seeks to make es­sen­tial medicines and livestock sup­port of the FCTA for ac­tiv­i­ties to as­sist fam­i­lies of fallen he­roes.

The min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged the good work of the Nige­rian le­gion, stress­ing that the sac­ri­fices of the na­tion’s fallen he­roes would not be in vain.

The leader of the del­e­ga­tion and Sec­re­tary, Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mit­tee of the 2019-Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day cel­e­bra­tions, Ma­jor Ja­wondo, said the em­blem ap­peal fund 2019 was launched in Oc­to­ber 2018 by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, with a call for all Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies (MDAs) to do­nate gen­er­ously to the fund to as­sist fam­i­lies of fallen he­roes. drugs avail­able to the pub­lic at sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced prices.

“It has been es­tab­lished that 70% of Nige­ri­ans can­not af­ford modern medicines pro­duced by multi­na­tional phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies due to their high prices,” Nda-Isa­iah said, adding that most of the com­pa­nies op­er­ate at less than 30% of in­stalled ca­pac­ity

Gra­ham Foggs Ltd plans to bring down the prices of most of the com­monly used medicines by up to 60%, pro­duc­ing only generic medicines as against patented ones.

“This would be achieved with­out a sin­gle kobo sub­sidy from gov­ern­ment, with Ac­tive Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal In­gre­di­ents (APIs) or bulk raw ma­te­ri­als im­ported from China and In­dia for the ap­proved lo­cal pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies in Nige­ria,” Nda-Isa­iah said.

He noted that the fin­ished prod­ucts would be sold at fixed prices to achieve the ob­jec­tives of the pro­gramme, adding that mil­lions of jobs would be cre­ated across the coun­try as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal plants would be op­er­at­ing at near­max­i­mum ca­pac­ity and this would be for medicines of all classes in­clud­ing livestock drugs to boost the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

It would be re­called that Pres­i­dent Buhari had ear­lier re­duced tar­iff on phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal raw ma­te­ri­als and in­creased the one for fin­ished im­ported prod­ucts.

FAAN to di­vert La­gos air­port flights to­day Fire guts Fun­tua mar­ket Min­is­ter pledges sup­port for fam­i­lies of fallen he­roes

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