EndSARS: Reps Call For Caution In Drug Purchase, Consumption

The House of Representatives has called on Nigerians to be wary of the kind of drugs they purchase and consume this critical period, following the looting of a warehouse belonging to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in Kaduna state, where siezed fake and expired drugs were said to have been stored and awaiting destruction.

The Chairman of the House committee on Healthcare Services, Alh Tanko Sununu, gave the advice on Tuesday while engaging heads of various agencies under the committee during the 2020/2021 budget defence exercise.

According to Alh Sununu, the drugs stolen from the facility in Kaduna were impounded or siezed by the agency which was waiting for clearance and approvals from the relevant authority to destroy same.

This was as the committee rejected budget presentations by 4 different agencies and declined approval for their 2021 budget proposals, saying that they were poorly prepared.

The agencies sent back to rearrange their documents and return the committee are: the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS), the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), as well the Inter-country Centre for Oral Health in Africa.

The only agency who got the approval without a query, was the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN).

One of the agencies most bashed for its poor preparation of budget was the IPAN, who seeks to acquire a headquarter building in Abuja, but only proposed a little above one million naira in the budget.

The committee chairman, particularly took offence with the proposal, saying that the Institute has only succeeded in ridiculing Nigeria as a country.

The chairman observed that budget is a constitutional matter that should be taken very seriously.

He told the head of the Institute, Mr. Aliyu Angara, that what he had presented was “laughable and unacceptable to propose just N1 million for the construction of a headquarter building in Abuja”.

“It is an act meant to ridicule Nigeria as a country”, the chairman said, adding that “the international community is watching every move Nigeria makes”.

Asked how many members the Institute has, the DG said 1000, and that they charge N10,000 for registration.

Members also expressed displeasure in the manner in which government handles the Centre for Oral health, saying that the habit of leaving funding for important institutions in the country to foreign donors is appalling.

Ibrahim Shehu

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