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High drug cost: Oyintiloye begs Tinubu for urgent intervene

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An urgent plea has been directed to President Bola Tinubu to intervene promptly in the surge in the prices of essential drugs across the country. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, a notable member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, conveyed this appeal during a conversation with journalists in Osogbo on Sunday.

Oyintiloye emphasized that a significant number of Nigerians were currently unable to afford essential drugs due to exorbitant prices. He attributed the escalating costs to various factors, including the withdrawal of GSK, a major pharmaceutical industry player, high inflation rates, and the devaluation of the Naira, among other influences.

The APC chieftain highlighted that these factors collectively contributed to rendering drugs such as amlodipine, augmentin, paracetamol, exforge, Coartem, and other vital medications financially out of reach for the average citizen. He pointed to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealing a 68% increase in the value of imported medicines to Nigeria, reaching N81.8 billion between July and September 2023.

Oyintiloye commended President Tinubu’s efforts in revitalizing the economy but stressed the urgent need to intensify actions in the health sector. He expressed concern about the financial strain on individuals and families grappling with the harsh economic conditions, particularly those dealing with chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and tuberculosis.

In proposing solutions, Oyintiloye suggested addressing forex challenges, eliminating duty taxes on medications, promoting local production, and fostering a more favorable environment for pharmaceutical companies. He also acknowledged the efforts of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Mohammed Pate, in engaging with representatives and CEOs of pharmaceutical firms to seek resolutions.

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While commending Pate’s assurance that the federal government was working on policy measures to alleviate the high prices of medicines, especially for vulnerable Nigerians, Oyintiloye emphasized the critical importance of prompt and effective interventions to prevent an increase in the death rate in the country.

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Police condemn killing of man over alleged blasphemy in Bauchi

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The Bauchi State Police Command has condemned the killing of a man identified as Yunusa by a mob over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

DAILY POST reports that the sad incident occurred on Wednesday at about 3 pm in Nasaru community, located in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness, Umar Abubakar, in a phone interview with DAILY POST, said an argument erupted between the victim and another individual, during which he allegedly made the blasphemous remarks, which quickly escalated to a mob action.

Reacting to the mob action, the spokesperson of the Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement made available in Bauchi on Thursday, said: “It has come to our attention that an individual named Usman was involved in sharing information about a new religious movement known as the Fera Movement. Regrettably, this led to tensions and an altercation, resulting in the loss of his life.”

According to him, Commissioner of Police Auwal Musa Muhammad condemned the actions of the individuals involved while emphasising the importance of upholding the rule of law.

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He charged the public to work with law enforcement agencies and refrain from taking matters into their own hands.

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Federal College of Education Gusau resumes academic activities after 3-month strike

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The College of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, of the Federal College of Education Technical, FCET, Gusua, Zamfara State, has suspended its strike action unconditionally, saying that lecturers have resumed their academic activities.

DAILY POST reports that the three-month industrial action was called off on Thursday after a long-hour meeting by members of the union at the college in Gusau, the state capital.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, a member of the union, Muktar Abdullahi, apologised to parents, guardians and students for the inconvenience caused by the over three months strike.

According to him, the decision to call off the strike was reached unconditionally after the members of the union were able to resolve issues at stake in the college.

Earlier, the coalition of Zamfara State civil societies and the well-wishers had recently staged a protest over what they called the anti-progress pose of the union.

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Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Alhaji Nasiru Garba, has said that they show their solidarity to Hajiya Hauwa’u Mukhtar Abdul Karim, being the substantive and only female and indigenous provost since the creation of FCET Gusau in 1988.

According to him, some members of the embattled union are undermining the college.

He said: “Some academic staff of the college do not want the college to be manned by a substantive provost; they always want to lead the institution in acting capacity as caretakers, which is very bad, and by doing so, the college will never progress.”

He called on the federal government, through the Minister of Education, to ensure the speedy transfer of the COEASU members to other federal colleges of Education.

“That will help the growth of the institution to allow the provost to continue with the good job she started,” he said, stating that the coalition of civil societies is behind the leadership of Dr. Hauwau Muktar Abdulkarim.

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Army arrest alleged mastermind of Taraba killings

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Troops from the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army/Sector 3 Operation WHIRL STROKE (OPWS) in Taraba State have arrested a terrorist linked to recent deadly attacks in the Bali local government area.

Last week, several people, including a 92-year-old man, were killed in Mararaban Azagawa village in Bali. In a statement released on Thursday, Lieutenant Oni Olubodunde, Acting Assistant Director of 6 Brigade, Army Public Relations, confirmed the arrest of the terrorist responsible for the attack.

The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Hassan Ibrahim, was found with a dane gun, cartridges, and a motorcycle belonging to one of the victims. Nicknamed Godu, Ibrahim has admitted to his role in the attack and has provided valuable information to the authorities.

“He is currently in custody and cooperating with authorities to help capture his collaborators,” the statement noted.

Brigadier General Kingsley Chidiebere Uwa, commander of 6 Brigade Sector 3 OPWS, praised the public for their valuable information that led to the suspect’s capture. He urged continued public support to help eliminate criminal activities in Taraba State.

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“The successful capture of the terrorism mastermind is a significant achievement for the troops and a step towards restoring peace and security in the affected community,” he stated.

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