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NAFDAC Uncovers 'Ghost' Sachet Water Factories In Adamawa – The Tide

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has uncovered ‘ghost’ sachet water factories in Yola, Adamawa State.
The Adamawa State Coordinator of the agency, Mr  Gonzuk Nyor, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide source in Yola, yesterday.
Nyor said that the water from the factories were seen in the town, but the locations of the factories or their time of production remained unknown to the agency.
“ There are a lot of sachet water manufacturers without proper addresse, sometimes these people produced water in the night.
“If you go to the facilities, you will not see anybody and nothing is happening in the factories, but still their water is seen in the town.
“As matter of fact, there are some places we went to and we discovered that the factories had been turned into residential houses,” Nyor said.
The coordinator, who expressed worry over the development, said that the agency was working to arrest the situation, through intelligence gathering, adding that already, three water factories had been sealed in the state, following the expiration and non-renewal of their production licences.
Nyor said that there were over 200 registered water manufacturers in the state and the agency had ensured  that the producers maintained Good Manufacturing Practices ( GMP), because it was found that some of the manufacturers, after being registered and numbered, they deviated from what they were licensed for.
“During inspection, we identified some factories that their licences had expired for the past four years, but were still producing water”, he said.
He added that the agency had given directives to its officers to lock all factories whose licence had expired and have did not renewed, calling on the public to assist the agency with useful and confidential information about the activities of unregistered water factories in the state.
The primary assignment of the agency was to protect Nigerians from unwholesome products that were harmful to human health, Nyor said, as he emphasised that the agency would ensure that only healthy and certified foods and drinks were allowed to be sold in Nigeria.
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The Kogi State Government yesterday reaffirmed its support for the physically challenged and other people living with disabilities in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, gave the assurance when a group from Advocacy for Women with Disability Initiatives (AWWDI), visited him in his office in Lokoja.
Jones urged the group to believe in themselves and in abilities embedded in their disabilities, describing them as a “Special People”.
“I will refer to you as special people and not people with disabilities, so, I have a natural attachment to you.
“Let me also let you know that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, is also very passionate about special people,” he said.
He reiterated that the governor remained so much passionate about women, children and special people, saying “we don’t have a choice, I don’t have a hidden place; I must associate and identify with you.”
He assured them of the ministry’s total support and promised that their requests would be properly looked adding that they would be duly informed of the ministry’s activities and be carried along.
Jones further enjoined the group to see themselves as people with no deformity or disability, saying, “you have got no issue whatsoever because it is in the mind; don’t allow yourselves to be pitied but believe in yourselves.
“Believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you because God has a purpose for that, so, you must continue to see yourselves as champions.”
Earlier in her speech, the State Coordinator of AWWDI, Miss Queen Christopher, said they were women with disabilities who advocate for total inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in Kogi.
She urged the ministry to involve the group in any of its developmental and educational activities that concern young girls.
“We also want you to include us in your scholarship programmes as we have lots of girls with disabilities who have the dreams to be educated but are limited due to financial constraints.
“We want you to use your good offices to advocate for inclusive education to help us break some barriers as  concern the education of people with disabilities in Kogi State.
“We would also want you to consider some of us to be employed into viable positions in your ministry any time recruitment exercise takes place,” she said.
Christopher appealed for a continuous engagement with the commissioner so as to be part of the group’s goal in promoting and advocating for total inclusion of women and girls with disability in all aspects of life’s development.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has said that the National Identification Number (NIN) violates the constitutional rights to privacy of Nigerians.
HURIWA further tasked civil rights leaders to seek legal ways to quash the policy, expressing anger at the idea behind of introduction the policy by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The rights group said the explanation made by the minister in Paris France shows that the Federal Government has plans to spy on the citizens.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, while in France with President MuhammaduBuhari on the Peace Forum had said the National Identification Number will enable the Federal Government and security agencies to know the identity of Internet users in the country.
But HURIWA, in a media statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, condemned the minister and the government for seeking the demolition of the core essence of constitutional democracy which was the right to privacy.
HURIWA said it has decided to proceed to the court of law to seek the appropriate quashing of the NIN policy which interferes with the citizens’ enjoyment of their constitutional right to privacy.
“HURIWA said it understands that rights to privacy are at the core of our constitutional democracy, adding that Pursuant to section 37 of the Constitution, the right to privacy is recognised as a fundamental right in the following words: The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.”
HURIWA affirmed that: “The value of privacy must be determined on the basis of its importance to society, not in terms of individual rights. Moreover, privacy does not have a universal value that is the same across all contexts.
“The value of privacy in a particular context depends upon the social importance of the activities that it facilitates. The right of privacy implies the exclusion of the public eye from prying into an individual’s affair.
“Another crucial aspect of the right to privacy entails the right to protect one’s image and personality and to have unfettered access to control one’s zones of exclusivity, space and confidential information.
“The right to privacy lies within the realm of self-ownership. It is the moral liberty of doing what an individual deems fit to be down with his/her individualism and keeping others outside the sphere of his/her self-ownership.
“The right to privacy is one of the fundamental human rights entrenched in the Nigerian Constitution”.
Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution provides that: “The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.”
The Rivers State Government says it places great premium and has spent huge resources to provide access and quality education to the children and resident of the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku who revealed this in a press statement said the state government has spent over one billion Naira to sponsor candidates in public examinations, including WAEC, NABTEB, JAMB, and NECO. 
Ebeku, who was reacting to alleged rumours that the state government is not bothered about the education sector boasted that no state in the country has invested in education like Rivers State.
According to him, “ the Government of Rivers State under His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, is spending huge resources to provide access and quality education to the children and residents of the State.
The Commissioner noted that efforts put in by the present administration on education are visible for everyone to see in terms of provision of infrastructure and sponsorship of public examinations.
“The Rivers State Ministry of Education would like to disabuse the minds of the general public about news making the rounds regarding the education sector in the State, suggesting and/or asserting that the state government is not bothered about the education sector. There is nothing farther from the truth than this”.
“ It is important to state emphatically that the Rivers State Government places great premium on education and goes to great lengths to ensure all is well in the sector. Even Federal Government’s examination agencies such as NECO and JAMB are provided free office accommodation and operational vehicles”, he said.
By: Ike Wigodo
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