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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Respect drugs to live longer, don pleads

Popoola is Chair, BOT, Academy of Law

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Biodun Oyeleye, Ilorin

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Biodun Oyeleye, Ilorin

IGERIANS have been enjoined to show respect for drugs by adhering strictly to prescriptions on their consumption because it is man that actually determines what drugs do to them and not the other way round. This was the position of a Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Moji Taibat Bakare-Odunola of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), while delivering the 137th Inaugural Lecture of the University. BakareOdunola, in the lecture entitled “Pharmacokinetics: Essential Tool in Drug Therapy”, canvassed human respect for drugs by avoiding the dangerous habits of drug abuse and misuse, pointing out that enlightened orientation towards drug use would prevent exposure to risks and enhance optimal benefits from drug therapy. The basis for respecting drugs, according to the don, is because people react to drugs differently due to variations in human genetics, a situation she argued also called for the prompt reportage of the suspicion of any adverse drug reaction in order to spur further investigations which can potentially save many lives. “One individual report can make a difference”, she noted. The well attended lecture was the first to be delivered from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which was established in 2010 with five Departments. It was also the first Inaugural Lecture to be held in the 2013/2014 academic session. She used the occasion to call for quality control of pharmaceutical products and routinely prescribed drugs such as anti-malaria and analgesics in developing nations, such as Nigeria, to save the community from the menace of fake drugs and to teach undergraduate students the methods of detecting fake pharmaceuticals. According to her, if the University were endowed with necessary facilities, it has the human resources capable of discovering and developing drugs for the NorthCentral geo-political zone of the country. She said: “There is still no known single magic drug for all of the ailments that afflict man. When a drug is administered to man, the patient and his physician are interested in the relief expected in terms of the action of the drug on man.

•L-R: Manager, Numbers CMYK Limited, Moji Balogun; Senator Remi Tinubu and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Afkar Pinting and Publishing Company Limited, Mr. Alan Ballard; at the openning launch of the new machinery by Afkar Printing and Publishing Company Limited, Ikeja, Lagos. PHOTO: TONY EGUAYE.

Govt extends artisans scheme to ACP countries P

RESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has approved the extension of the Federal Government's Artisan Support Scheme (ASP) programme it started in Namibia some years ago to other parts of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The Director General of Technical Aids Corps (TAC), Dr Pius Osunyikanmi who disclosed this yesterday, said the Federal Government was encouraged by the success recorded by the government in the implementation of the pilot ASP in Namibia by the Directorate of TAC. Osunyikanmi told reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, that President Jonathan has approved the inclusion of skilled artisans into the country’s main personnel support initiative for countries that lack the necessary human resource base for socio-economic development. Under the pilot scheme which was introduced to experiment the inclusion of artisans in the TAC programme, 60 Nigerian skilled personnel with expertise in plumbing, carpentry, automobile mechanic, fashion designing and other vocations, were deployed to the South African country to impart knowledge of their skills to Namibian youths. The ASP, according to Osunyikanmi, was introduced to expand the scope of the operations of the corps which was established in 1987 to provide a platform of personnel support by Nigeria, as a Medium Power economy, to needy ACP countries. He said the pilot scheme was so successful that

Babatope Okeowo, Akure

after conferring awards on some of the Nigerian participants who excelled in the implementation of the two-year programme, Windhoek (Namibia) officially requested for its extension. Hundreds of Namibian youths were said to have benefited from the scheme in which Nigerian artisans who were recruited, deployed and paid by the Nigerian government, engaged in several projects to build the economy of the host country and made

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to teach apprentices attached to them. The DG said his office has been receiving applications from countries who wish to participate in the scheme having seen the success of the Namibian experiment and that “with the approval of the President, we are now poised to commence a recruitment exercise across the country." His words: “To achieve this, we have already placed advertisements in major Nigerian newspapers for not only Lecturers, Lawyers, Medical

Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and other professionals but also artisans that are experts in Plumbing, Construction and Roofing, Welding, Vehicle Mechanics and so on.” According to him, “the TAC scheme was deliberately designed to provide manpower assistance in a well-structured and more coordinated manner as well as to represent a practical demonstration of Nigeria ’s commitment to rapid and sustainable socio-economic development of the countries in the South-South.”

Sola Adeyemo, Ibadan and Steve Uzoechi, Owerri

State Executive Council. During the event 18 appointees comprising commissioners, special advisers and senior special assistants sworn into office. While performing the swearing in ceremony, Chief Okorocha charged the new commissioners to, at all times, reflect the good image of his administration and stay committed to the ideals of his ‘Rescue Mission’ agenda. He warned that the last lap of this tenure was going to be a busy one and he would tolerate no act of indolence. In his vote of thanks on behalf of the new commissioners, Mr. Chike Okafor, the Commissioner for Finance, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve in his administration and for the confidence he reposed on them, by appointing them. While promising the governor that the newly sworn-in commissioners would serve as the prime drivers of the ‘Rescue Mission’ philosophy, Okafor re-assured Imo people that the remaining lap of the administration would witness aggressive people-oriented developments and tangible democracy dividends.

Ajimobi, Okorocha reconstitute cabinet

WO months after he sacked his entire cabinet, the Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday, swore in 12 nominees as commissioners in the state. Five of the lot were members of the former cabinet sacked by the governor on September 23 over issues bordering on disloyalty, leaking official secret among others. The returnees are Ojo Adebayo (Justice), Dapo LamAdesina (Youth and Sports), Zacheus Adelabu (Finance), Muyiwa Gbadegesin (Health) and Adetutu Adeyemi-Aigbe (Culture and Tourism). Also, Oyefunke Owuru, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade, Investment and Cooperative; and Gbade Lana, erstwhile Chairman of the State Library Board, now make the list of newly appointed commissioners. Five others, who are newly coming on board Ajimobi's cabinet are Messrs. Solomon Olaniyonu, Adewale Olujide, Adedeji Akande, Umar Alao and Abiodun Atanda. Speaking at the ceremony held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor's Of-

fice, Ajimobi said that the appointment of the commissioners was based on their educational background, individual track records and good characters, political and religious background, party recommendations and the belief of his administration in aggressiveness, assertiveness, adaptability and consolidation of its achievements. While reacting to the public outcry over inclusion of some names in the new list, the governor said the new commissioners were appointed based on their individual merits and not necessarily where they came from or their family background. "The opposition will always say something. In fact, it will be unfair of them if they don't criticize us. That is why they are there but our own responsibility is to do the job while they continue to criticize. The world is for those who strive hard and not for those who sit back and criticize. Also in Imo State, Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday inaugurated his reconstituted

Professor of International Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Ademola Popoola, has emerged as chairman, Board of Trustees o f the newly inaugurated Nigerian Academy of Law (NAL). The event took place at the University of Ilorin and also included the inauguration of the board of the National Association of Law Teachers (NALT). Other members of the board include Professor C. J. Dakas of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), (North Central); Professor Adeyemi of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, (South West); Prof. Auwalu Yadudu of Bayero University, Kano, (North West), Professor Festus Emiri, (South-South); Professor Isa Ciroma, (North East), and Dr (Mrs.) Ogugua Ikpeze, (South East). Speaking after his emergence, Popoola, noted that plans for the inauguration of the body had been on for a long time, adding that “I am happy that today this Board is being formally inaugurated, so that the BOT can set to work immediately. The work we have to do will have to be done in collaboration with the executives of the National Association of Law Teachers (NALT), which is the sponsoring body.” Popoola commended the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin who is also the immediate past President of NALT, Dr. Abdulqadir Ibrahim Abikan, for ensuring the setting up of the Boards of Trustees for the two bodies as well as a Constitution Review Committee during his tenure as NALT President. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the UNILORIN, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented on the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Professor Felix Oladele, congratulated Popoola on his appointment and lauded the association for choosing the University of Ilorin as the venue for the important event. Also in his remarks, the President of NALT, Dr Abikan, disclosed that the composition of the membership of the Board of the Nigerian Academy of Law reflected each geo-political zone in the country. Describing the BOT Chairman, as “a teacher of teachers”, Abikan disclosed that the Constitution Review Committee is headed by Professor Oyewo, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.

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