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Greece donates 907,000 doses of COVID vaccine to Nigeria

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907,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been donated to Nigeria by Greece.

This was announced on Monday by Greece foreign affairs minister, Nikos Dendias during a visit to government officials in Abuja.

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Dendias said the donation was support from the Greek government to Nigeria, adding that the COVID pandemic has shown the world that countries need one another.

Speaking at a meeting held with Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, Dendias said the doses will be received through the COVAX facility.

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“I am happy that I am symbolically bringing a present with me to the Nigerian people and this is almost a million vaccine doses,” he said.

“All the world is suffering from COVID-19, but one huge achievement through this suffering that we clearly understand is that we are one community; that nobody is safe unless everybody is safe.

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“Health is a global good and all of us are under the moral obligation to be providers of health wherever assistance is needed.”

Dendias, who was welcomed to the country by Opunimi Akinkugbe, Nigeria’s ambassador to Greece, also met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, and other government officials.

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The meetings with Osinbajo and Onyeama also featured discussions on “strengthening relations with emphasis on investments, trade, tourism, transport, and the security situation in sub-Saharan Africa”.

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Gunmen attack Ondo community, kill two

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Tension in Ondo state as gunmen suspected to be herdera attacked Okeluse community in Ose local government area of the state.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the town was heavily attacked by gunmen around 9pm on Sunday.

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It was also learnt that the manager of a fuelling station in the town identified as Aborowa Oladimeji was reportedly killed in the attack.

One of his staff whose name was not disclosed was also killed by the gunmen.

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“The sales boy was also shot by the herdsmen. He was rushed to the hospital but gave up the ghost early this morning,” a witness said.

“For the CEO of the filling station, he he was shot and he died on the spot. He was about leaving the filling station with his sales boy when the gunmen came.”

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The attack is coming a few weeks after five persons were killed at Arimogija community in Ose LGA.

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NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet and PET bottles

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The registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres have been banned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola  Adeyeye,  on Monday January 24, made the announced through a statement.

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Adeyeye said the decision to ban registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV), was taken in line with recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health,  NAFDAC and Federal Competition, Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry, Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.

Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.

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Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

The statement read;

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“Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

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” The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”

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