Hilda Baci Deletes World Record Title From Bio

Mohammed Shosanya

Nigerian chef Hilda Bassey, commonly known as Hilda Baci, has deleted the title of world record holder for the longest cooking marathon by an individual from her bio on X.

She took the action hours after the Guinness World Record announced an Irish chef, Alan Fisher, as the latest world record holder for the title on Tuesday, November 7.

She said in a post on X on Tuesday evening,that:”Just as Chef Lata respectfully acknowledged the new record holder by updating her bio and later fine-tuning the wording, I’ve adjusted mine too.

“Achieving such a record is no small feat, and I know this firsthand. I have only the greatest admiration for the hard work it took for Alan to reach such heights.

“Sportsmanship is about recognizing progress, whether the accolade is in my bio or not. I remain a record-holder in spirit and in history. Let’s celebrate achievement and the spirit of competition.

“I’m so happy to have held a record so prestigious and profound that I will forever be honored and grateful for all the love and support.”

The Guinness World Records announced that Fisher from Ireland cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes at his restaurant in Japan, surpassing the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci by over 24 hours.

NUPRC Gets Three New Executive Commissioners

Mohammed Shosanya

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of three (3) new Executive Commissioners to serve in the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and the redeployment of one current Executive Commissioner, pending their confirmation by the Nigerian Senate:

The Commissioners include Mr. Bashir Indabawa — NW — Executive Commissioner, Exploration & Acreage Management, Dr. Kelechi Ofoegbu — SE — Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services & Administration (Redeployed), Mr. Enorense Amadasu — SS — Executive Commissioner, Development & Production and Mr. Babajide Fasina — SW — Executive Commissioner, Economic Regulation & Strategic Planning

A statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu’s media aide,noted that the President approved the reshuffling and replacement based on his deeply informed assessment of all factors concerning the sector with a view to establishing a regulatory framework and culture that comprehensively disincentivizes errant behaviour and incentivizes diligence and rules-based business practice across the industry.

Ogun Traders Protest Increase In Fish Price

Mohammed Shosanya

Fish sellers in Ogun State,Tuesday, filed to the street in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to protest spiralling increase in the price of fish as a result of the current economic hardship in the country.

They also took their protest to the Governor’s office in Abeokuta, to register their displeasure.

Armed with placards bearing various on their plights,the fish sellers implored the government to intervene with a view to stopping the skyrocketing prices of fish.

They lamented that,many of their colleagues are already in debt while some are now leaving the business because they could no longer operate given the current economic realities.

Speaking with the journalists during the protest, the Chairman of Fish and Seafood Sellers Association of Ogun State, Chief Onajobi Owolabi Aremu, said the fish sellers are now finding life so unbearable because of the everyday increase in the prices of fish while their only means of livelihood is under serious threat.

He said: “We are all here to let the government know that life is becoming so hard for us the fish sellers and those eating it too. This is due to the everyday increase in the prices of fish. For instance, a carton of Mackrel that we call Titus has jumped from N45000 to N85,000, invariably one Titus is now N2000. A carton of herring commonly called ‘Sawa’ which used to be N14000 is now N47000.

“The most painful part is that, let’s assume that you buy this fish say for N50,000 in the morning before afternoon it is N70,000 and the following day it will be N75,000. How can we survive in this kind of situation?

“Many of us are now in debt because people are also not patronising us again, they will always complain that the fish is too expensive. We sincerely call on our governor, Dapo Abiodun to help us out of this terrible situation. We are not happy at all because this is our only source of livelihood”.

Chief Mrs Adiat Omoowo, leader of the Fish Sellers, Egba Division said that they decided to stage protest to the Governor’s Office because they could no longer afford to stay calm while life is becoming so tortuous for them.

She said: “We are here to plead for the governor’s intervention over this unexpected turn of events in our business. We did not start this fish selling yesterday and things has never be like this. How can we now pay N85, 000 for what we used to buy for N4000? This is hard on us.

“Already many are leaving the business. We all decided to come out and let the government know about what we are going through, we beg them to help us before things turn the other way for us. To feed our families now is now a problem because people are no longer buying this fish, they always complain that they are too expensive”.

Addressing the protesters, the commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Adijat Adeleye appealed to the traders to be more patient with the government, saying the hike in fish is not peculiar to Ogun state alone.

She said: “To my understanding, I think this is not just happening in Ogun state, fish sellers from other states are also complaining about the increase in price.

“The issue of fish is not just about Ogun state, it is something that cut across the nation, there has to be an holistic approach to the problem”.

TETFund,REA Consider Partnership On Improved Power Supply In Universities

Mohammed Shosanya

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),has expressed its readiness to partner with Rural Electricification Agency (REA) to ensure uninterrupted power supply in universities and other tertiary institutions in the country.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono,disclosed this during a courtesy visit to his office by the Managing Director of REA, Salihijo Ahmad, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Echono, who lauded the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) being implemented by REA in select universities and teaching hospitals across the country, said the importance of steady power supply in tertiary institutions cannot be over-emphasized.

“There is sheer acceptance that this is important for us as we move to improve not just the physical infrastructure but also ICT infrastructure and research infrastructure in our institutions.

“A lot of these require constant supply of power. There are certain samples you must put at certain temperature for a prolonged period. There are certain operations you do in medical laboratory that you cannot afford power to cease even for a second.

“And, if we really want to guarantee a learning environment that can compete with others across the globe, one of the primary things we can do is to guarantee power in our campuses,” Echono said.

Imploring REA to revamp the project in some of the beneficiary institutions that have encountered challenges with the EEP, Echono said TETFund would explore the possibility of getting longer term financing from African Development Bank (AfDB) for subsequent editions of the scheme .

He added:”You can get long term finance at affordable interest rate and it will enable us do more,” Echono said, adding that “with the instrument we have, we will have subsequent liquidity to defray the cost. ”

The TETFund boss said getting long term finance package for the project would be cost effective as only short term (one year cycle) funds are currently available to the agency.

Earlier,the Managing Director of REA, Salihijo, said the EEP is aimed at providing sustainable and clean power supply to 37 Federal Universities and seven university teaching hospitals across Nigeria.

Saying the programme have already commenced in 24 universities and select teaching hospitals, Salihijo advocated the need for the cooperation of TETFund to ensure the total success of the scheme.

He said :”Infrastructure is not just about classrooms and lecture theatres, with the current situation in the country, it is becoming more apparent that we have a decentralised power systems. They are very important for our institutions like universities.”

Abuse Of Firearms:Senate Seeks Redeployment of Customs Bosses In Katsina/Kaduna,Idiroko Area Commands

Mohammed Shosanya

The Senate has insisted on the redeployment of the Comptrollers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the Katsina/Kaduna and Idiroko Area Commands.

The Senate also emphasized the need for immediate appointment of new comptrollers to take over the commands.

The decision of the Upper Chamber was sequel to the adoption of the report of the Senate Adhoc Committee probing the alleged abuse of firearms by officials of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Deliberating on the report which was presented by the Chairman of the adhoc committee, Francis Fadahunsi (PDP,Osun East), the Senate urged the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) to investigate and review the alleged issuance of unofficial receipt to traders and non-traders in Jibia and Mai’adua,L of Katsina State by officials of Customs and other security agencies.

It said that the officers do so before allowing the passage of legitimate goods

According to him,officers especially the border drill, federal operations unit and the now disbanded strike force in contravention of the Customs Act and standard operational procedures shoot at innocent citizens, raid markets and chase smugglers into towns leading to chaos and loss of lives.

He cited cases in Jibia, Idiroko and iseyin, as he disclosed the absence of cordial relationship between the people of border communities in Katsina State and the Comptroller of the Kaduna/Katsina Commands of the NCS.

He added the situation has led to the breakdown of communication between him and the communities, as he revealed that the embattled Customs Boss has refused to act on complaints made by the State Governor, Emirs and stakeholders in the communities.

The Senate implored the federal government to direct the CG of Customs and Heads of other security agencies to as a matter of national inclusion, reduce multiple checkpoints along the border communities to enable the free flow of goods.

It explained that the move would allow the movement of farm produce, in, around and out of these Communities to the main towns and around the markets in the border communities.

The Senate also urged the Comptroller General of Customs to investigate and review the operational activities of Border Drill, the CGC Special Strike Forces and Federal Operations Unit across the country and Officers found guilty of breaching the Customs Act and Standard Operational Procedures should be punished accordingly.

It condemned the harassment, shooting at innocent citizens, raiding markets and chasing smugglers into towns leading to chaos and loss of lives which he says is unacceptable and barbaric in a modern Customs System.

The lawmakers further asked the federal government to lift the 20km ban on sales of petroleum products in border communities.

They said that the policy is a threat to peaceful coexistence, a denial of the people belonging to the larger Nigeria society and a serious cause of hardship in these communities.

They further called on the Service to hasten investigation into the shooting of the vehicle of the Chief of Staff to the Katsina State Governor.

The Senate also asked the Nigerian Customs to begin Auctioning of legally sized items like rice and other items Which should be done promptly to avoid contamination, depreciation or outright waste.

Other resolutions by the Upper Chamber is the acquisition and installation of long range CCTV Cameras covering about 5-20 kilometers before NCS check points, installation of ICT control room to monitor movement of smugglers at all Nigeria borders, and report to the control room for seizure attack/recovery.

The lawmakers also tasked the Customs authorities to procure speed boats for the Riverine Areas, Creeks and Ocean to track smugglers on Waterways; and kitting of officers with guns, bulletproof vest, rubber bullets for crowd control, adequate uniform, booths, tear gas, etc, among others.

Niger Delta Growth Our Priority- NDDC

Mohammed Shosanya

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has reassured that the Commission would remain steadfast in executing its mandate of fast-tracking development for the benefit of all ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region.

He gave the assurance when he hosted a delegation from the Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality, led by Chief Ayiri Emami, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.

A statement by commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni on Monday, quoted the NDDC Chief Executive Officer as stating that the Commission was open to all ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region, adding that its mandate was to serve the people and ensure sustainable development of all communities in the region.

He said:“We all face the same challenges. Therefore, we must all work together to address our challenges, regardless of our ethnicity. These challenges, like underdevelopment and ecological problems, bring us all together.”

Ogbuku stated that President Tinubu’s administration was putting emphasis on stakeholders’ engagement, noting that the Commission had adopted that approach.

He declared that the Commission would soon organise a stakeholder’s summit to give all groups in the region the opportunity to be part of the development process.

He reiterated that as part of the Commission’s engagement with stakeholders, it visited the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, to get his buy-in on the completion of the Omadino-Escravos Road, in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

He noted that the project, when completed would link Warri to Escravos which is the hub of oil and gas activities in Warri Kingdom,adding that the importance of Warri in the economy of Delta State and indeed Nigeria.

He disclosed that the NDDC also met Chevron officials to discuss collaboration on- the Omadino-Escravos.

“We are working out the details of the partnership with them because we are committed to seeing to the completion of the project.”

He charged the Itsekiri delegation to continue to support the NDDC in its efforts to develop the region, advising them to avoid casting aspersions on the Commission, which he said was the only agency with visible projects in many Niger Delta communities.

Meanwhile, the Itsekiri delegation in an address read by the Secretary Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Sir Sunny Mene, described the Ogbuku as “a detribalised Niger Deltan with conscientious tendencies, clear vision for the region, and a committed mission to turn our communities around in a way never before seen in the history of the Commission.

“Our confidence is in your ability to superintend over the overall development of the region without bias or favoritism to any ethnic group, given your antecedents in the last few years.

“This confidence is further reinforced by your sterling performance and activities across the region”, the statement quoted.

The Itsekiri group observed that some projects awarded and started by the NDDC had been abandoned or stalled.

“These projects include but are not limited to the Koko-Ogheye-Lagos Road, Warri-Omadina-Escravos Communities Road project, the Ugborodo Community Shore protection/reclamation and the Aladja-Ode-Itsekiri Highway, with Feeders to Ogbe-Ijaw.”

Prince Yemi Emiko, a Prince in Warri Kingdom, who regretted that the three per cent contributions from oil companies to the NDDC coffers had always been a problem because of the issue of trust, added that of late, the Commission had began doing things differently.

Creative Contest:Total Energies,NNPCL Give Prize Money To Winners

Mohammed Shosanya

Government Secondary School Orozo and Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Life Camp both in Abuja have been handed over the prize money as respective winners the VIA Creative Competition organized by TotalEnergies in collaboration with Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited.

The VIA Creative Competition is a yearly road safety awareness campaign programme for Road Safety Education, Safe Mobility, and Citizenship was created and implemented by TotalEnergies, in partnership with the Michelin Foundation.

At the handing over ceremonyTonye Osifo, Acting General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, TotalEnergies E&P, explained that the goal is to contribute to education in road safety and citizenship with the best educational quality and the greatest possible impact through awareness on safe mobility to at least 20,000 young people within the age range of 10 to 18 years across schools in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

She said: “We are here to hand over the awards to the winning students. The first and third place winners of the VIA Creative Competition. The second place winner is a Lagos school, and that has already been done. That is Expressway High School Tolu. First place is Government Secondary School Orozo, the third place is Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Life Camp. This VIA Creative Competition is a brainchild of Total Energies Foundation and Michelin Foundation from our head office in Paris. Because of concerns about mobility accidents, road crashes, across the world, especially impacting on children.

“For Total Energies E&P Nigeria, one of our major focus is education. Teaching the children of this country in different ways, so we have scholarship programmes that we give to undergraduate students in the universities, post graduate students interested in pursuing their education in France, and we also have an Institute in Port Harcourt, part of the University of Port Harcourt, that is IPES Institute of Petroleum and Energy Studies, that school is a collaboration between UniPort, ISP in France, and it is sponsored by Total Energies where we train graduate students in Masters in Petroleum Engineering, and technology and development”.

In her remarks, the Partnership Manager,
Slums2School Africa, Hauwa Yahaya, said the programme was informed by the need to develop policy around protecting children from one place to the other, especially pedestrians from road accidents through systematic information dissemination.

“We have identified that there needs to be policy around protecting children from one place to the other, especially when crossing the road. So as far as the roads are being made safe for vehicles to go through, we also know that we have pedestrians. We have people that walk. They do not have cars. They have to do with trekking.

“So protecting the pedestrians is a challenge that have been identified. The pedestrians bridges that have been provided are not enough to protect pedestrians and keep them safe, hence the need to provide information and enlightenment to say this is how these facilities are expected to be used” she said.

The winners described the programme as very interesting and educating.

Adekunle Peace Adeola, SS2A, Government Secondary School, Orozo, said: “It is first time i am participating in this programme and it was very interesting in that what they are trying to pass on to us will reduce road crashes and accidents. We are meant to also pass the lesson to others who did not have the opportunity to participate in the competition to that road accidents would be reduced drastically. It felt good when it once announced that our school won the competition”.

Besides,Abdullahi Hauwa, of the Government Secondary School Gwarimpa, Life Camp, noted that “The competition was interesting, informative and exciting and it is nice to be an ambassador of Safe Mobility, it has really been a nice journey.

She added:” The inspiration behind our poster is because we have a lot of students who come from far places, and before they get to school they have to pass through some busy roads and expressways. So we know made a poster that enforces the use of pedestrians bridges”.

Is NUPENG On Life Support?

By Preye Odede-Graham

Due to the strategic position of the petroleum sector in national development,the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is seen to be the bargaining agent for blue collar employees in petroleum industry and in the past four decades has gained great bargaining power and has time after time exploited power to their benefit in the basis of championing the demands of the workers who are their members.

Unfortunately,the integrative bargaining technique used by this union (NUPENG) in conflict resolutions in the petroleum sector has sharply declined due to greed, avarice, recruitment error, lack of transparency, accountability, absence of forensic audit and gap of administrative and managerial expertise, since Mr. Afolabi Olawale took up the position as the General Secretary of the union in 2019.

For those who might not know, trade unionism is basically an integral part of liberal democratic society,it is an important part of the fabric of Nigerian society, providing social, economic, political and psychological benefits for its members,but Afolabi has ruined all that for his own selfish interest.

It is so heart-rending that in recent times, NUPENG in Nigeria is now witnessing serious challenges that tend to militate against its performance and the glory it used to be known for, during the days of Chief Frank Kokori, Joseph Akinlaja, late Elijah Okugbo, Isaac Aberare, Joseph Ogbebor and Alhaji Adamu Song respectively.

Currently,stakeholders are in serious shock that Afolabi Olawale’s lack of operational expertise, show of arrogance, resentment,vindictiveness and administrative incompetence in the union has led to the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of NUPENG in having two factions.

There is Lucky Osesua faction which had its delegates congress in Abuja and the Augustine Egbon which also had its own congress in Ibadan, Oyo State at the same time on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Both factions were in Abuja on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 engaging themselves in supremacy battle..

Comrade Lucky Osesua,who is believed to be the authentic National Chairman of the PTD Branch of NUPENG having held his own election in Abuja in line with PTD bye-law was said to have the possession of the Branch Secretariat in Majekodunmi Street, Utako, Abuja under his control for the purpose of swearing in, until Afolabi came to distrupt the process through executive fiat.

This unhealthy behavior and abuse of office by Afolabi apparently triggered anger amongst irate PTD members who took laws to their hands by beating, striping, disgracing and humiliation Afolabi in full public glare, while also warning him never to interfere in the affairs of the PTD Branch without recourse to decency, good manners or rule of law.

According to a video seen on the internet, on Wednesday Afolabi brought shame to himself,he blazingly desecrated the sanctity of the office of the General Secretary of NUPENG, he personally stripped himself of distinction and all the respect accorded to that highly respected office because of his overzealousness and sheer high-handedness; total repugnant behaviors that are alien to the ethics and ethos of oil workers union.

If you are truly loved by the people you sworn to protect and defend you will not be beaten by them, it is a red signal for rejection and also validating that the office of the General Secretary is already vacant.

More shameful is the fact that under Afolabi’s order which he is even gloating and boasting about is that, great members of the union who had put in their best for the survival, growth and success of the union for many years are now being put in Prison remand. For peace to reign and in the interest of industrial harmony all trumpup charges against Comrade Dayyabu Garga, Comrade Lucky Osesua and Comrade Humble Obinna must have be dropped forthwith.

One found it so difficult to believe that it was the same NUPENG which Frank Kokori nurtured and brought to limelight when he was the General- Secretary. His struggle during the June 12 saga will never be forgotten in world history. Kokori will be remembered for the pivotal role he played in the protests against the annulment of the 1993 election by the military regime.

This highly revered veteran singlehandedly paralysed the country’s socio-economically by instigating workers in the petroleum sector to go on strike. Being a monolithic economy, with the military regime capitalising on oil which was then one of the most sought-after commodities by world economic powers, the mass action by the Kokori-led union had a significant impact on the military government’s coffers.

Some political historians have likened how Kokori’s NUPENG and his compatriots in PENGASSAN tackled the military government to the late legendry Michael Imoudu and his comrades, who played a combative role in the anti-colonial struggle. Thus, this school of thought links the 1945 strike action to the 1993/1994 action.

The Gen. Sani Abacha-led regime was said to have offered Kokori ‘juicy’ appointments and cash gifts – bribes in the real sense which the labour leader rejected in the face of intimidation and military dictatorship. He stood firm on his pro-democracy principles. Afolabi never learned anything from these enduring and shining principles but succeeded in bringing disrepute to the great union.

However,stakeholders in the union especially the veterans, aggrieved Union members and staff are now putting on notice security operatives like the Police, DSS, Ministry of Labour, media, civil rights society, legal practitioners, NLC, TUC, etc, to beam their searchlight on NUPENG look at their financial records and operations and particularly investigate Afolabi Olawale, advising him to recuse himself from the office of General Secretary, and to further ask him some critical questions, on how he suddenly amazed so much wealth to himself, building hotels, recreation centers, palatial houses in Nigeria and United States within the shortest time of his reign as the General Secretary of NUPENG.

Afolabi has frustrated many illustrious Secretariat staff out of the Union by way of demoting and intimidating them, he has single-handedly sacked some of the staff with no recourse to extant rules, he forced some into compulsory retirement and setting others up by recording their audio conversations and using it as a basis for their exit from the union.

Meanwhile, there are indications that many more whistle-blowers are ready and willing to expose Afolabi and his criminal liabilities.

According to Steven Covey, “Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, and treating people with respect.” Steve Brunkhorst also said “Supporting the truth, even when it is unpopular, shows the capacity for honesty and integrity.”

Tom Hanson on his part also added “Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, it also generates a respectful, enjoyable and life-giving setting in which to work.”

Therefore,for NUPENG to survive the current storm it is presently witnessing, the oil Union must intentionally embrace the common phrase “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

Preye Odede-Graham, a member of PTD Port Harcourt Zone wrote from Trans Amadi Layout, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Fraud: Kaduna Electric Sacks 39 Staff

Mohammed Shosanya

Kaduna Electric has sacked 39 staff from its employ for violating the company’s employee policy.

Its Head of Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi,who conveyed the action in a statement sent to Premium News, disclosed that the offences range from misappropriation of company funds, fraudulent practices, unauthorised access and abscondment.

According to the statement,the offences violate the revised employee conditions of service which was recently endorsed by the national leadership of the two in-house labour unions and the management led by the Managing Director/CEO, Yusuf Usman Yahaya.

The power firm said the action of the dismissed staff had adverse effects on the company’s fortunes and needed to be nipped in the bud.

Expressing disgust over all manner of fraudulent activities perpetrated by staff,the company said it would not hesitate to wield the big stick on those caught in the act.

The company advised customers to desist from transacting any business with fraudulent persons to shortchange the company,saying the development hampers its ability to meet its obligations to the electricity market.

NAFDAC Strengthens Operations With $2.3m Grant

Mohammed Shosanya

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced the successful implementation of a $2,305,695.03 budget allocated for Global Fund’s grant cycle 6, aimed at boosting its operations.

At a press conference in Abuja,Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, disclosed that a significant portion of the grant, $36,965.00, was dedicated to strengthening staff capacity in pharmacovigilance and adverse drug reaction (ADR) monitoring.

She also said,the agency’s commitment to staff capacity building in pharmacovigilance has been a longstanding practice, and this latest initiative reflects the agency’s ongoing dedication to maintaining and advancing the competence of its workforce.

According to her,the investment in capacity building has resulted in significant improvements in NAFDAC’s laboratory capabilities, enabling comprehensive analysis of various medicinal products.

Key procurements,she said, included equipment such as Liquid Chromatography, Dissolution Apparatus, Disintegration Apparatus, HPLC (with chiller), FTIR, UV Spectrophotometer, Top load balance, Ultra-Low Freezers, Polarimeter, Incubator, Digital Stopwatches, Digital Thermometers, PH Meters, and NIR Spectrophotometric Scanners.

She emphasized that the successful WHO Prequalification of the Central Drug Control Laboratory in Yaba, in part due to Global Fund’s support, will expand the testing of quality medicines in the laboratory, ensuring that Nigerians have access to high-quality pharmaceutical products.

She revealed that another critical aspect of the grant’s support was the phased implementation of traceability for health products, with an allocation of $1,131,328.82 (BL136).

She explained that the initiative has been instrumental in training a total of 1,561 stakeholders across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, comprising 832 in the public sector and 729 in the private sector. It also involved the deployment of 435 android-enabled mobile scanners and 315 internet routers to facilitate the traceability of essential health commodities.

She added that awareness campaigns have been conducted among health sector stakeholders about the Nigeria traceability initiative, and various stakeholders have been engaged in the development of the Pharmaceutical Traceability Regulation.

Global Fund’s support has also played a pivotal role in strengthening the NAFDAC ISO 17025 laboratories, notably the Central Drug Control Laboratory (CDCL) in Yaba. An investment of $944,605.00 (BL38) was directed towards enhancing the laboratory’s capabilities, enabling a comprehensive analysis of a wide range of medicinal products,she said.

This substantial support from Global Fund has had a profound impact on NAFDAC’s overarching goal of ensuring the availability of safe and high-quality health products for Nigerians,she added.

Ibrahim Tajudeen, the Acting Executive Secretary County Coordinator Mechanisms of the Global Fund, explained the grant monitoring mechanism and highlighted that Nigeria, as a country, has been privileged to receive additional resources due to the successful utilization of the previous grant cycle from 2021 to 2023.

He said,Nigeria is set to receive additional grants totaling $933 million, which will be disbursed between January 2024 and December 2026, focusing on key health areas such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and the strengthening of resilience systems.

These resources,he added,will play a crucial role in advancing Nigeria’s healthcare initiatives over the next three years.