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Senate To Regulate Distribution, Marketing Of Bleaching Cream



NAFDAC has been directed to regulate importation, formulation, and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria.

A resolution to ensure the regulation of the formulation and distribution of cosmetics, especially bleaching cream, was passed by Nigerian senators on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Senator Remi Tinubu raised the motion during plenary to urge the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to wake up to its responsibility to protect Nigerians against harmful cosmetics.

She expressed concern with the proliferation of small and medium enterprises and businesses that have flooded the Nigerian market with beauty products whose production are not well-regulated.

The senator raised concerns that products used for skin lightening are not indicating ingredients, or expiry dates to enlighten users of their content.

“The Senate is worried that it is impossible to determine that hygiene, quality assurance and good manufacturing practices are adhered to in the formulation of these products,” she said.

The lawmaker noted that side effects of cosmetic products can be damaging and cautioned that the market is regulated to protect Nigerians.

While seconding the motion, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani said bleaching cream is especially damaging to the skin and should be regulated to ensure safety of Nigerian consumers.

He said the advertisers of the products should also be regulated by the relevant regulatory agency because consumers are likely to believe anything they see

Senator Barau Jibrin said improper manufacturing of the products can be harmful to Nigerians, and NAFDAC must ensure that what they do is up to standard.

“Those who fail to go in line with the established regulations, the full weight of the law must be brought to bear on them. We must make sure that we protect our people,” he said.

Lawmakers resolved to mandate the Senate Committee on Health to investigate the procedures in place for certification on quality and safety of cosmetics, and propose a way forward for accountability.

They also directed NAFDAC to regulate importation, formulation and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria, and maintain a products database, showing name and address of manufacturers, and ingredients list.

The agency was also directed to commence a sensitisation and awareness campaign on the ills of harmful substances, and work with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) towards ensuring the tracking of consumer injury.


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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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UK Court Convicts Ekweremadu, Wife, Daughter Of Human Organ Trafficking



Ike Ekweremadu, a former vice president of the Nigerian senate, along with his wife, daughter, and doctor were found guilty of organ trafficking in the UK.

Fidel Info reports that After a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, daughter Sonia, and Dr. Obinna Obeta were all found guilty of enabling a young man’s visit to Britain with the intention of exploiting him.

The jury concluded that they had illegally planned to transport the 21-year-old street vendor from Lagos to London in order to take advantage of him for his kidney.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for the senator’s daughter after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

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Kano Govt Lifts Dawn To Dusk Curfew




Kano state government has lifted the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed in the state On Monday.

Fidel Info reports that the curfew was imposed to avoid the breakdown of law and order following tensions generated by the announcement of the results of the governorship and state Assembly elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, declared Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party the Gov-Elect of Kano.

He defeated his closest rival and the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Party, Gawuna, with a margin of 100,000 votes.

Yusuf is a close ally of the Presidential candidate of NNPP while Gawuna is a close ally of the incumbent Governor, Ganduje.

The Kano election was seen as an upset and a successful overthrow of the ruling party.

This led the Kano government to impose a curfew to avoid mayhem and breakdown of law and order.

The state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Muhammad Garba, made the announcement lifting the curfew in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

According to him, “the decision to lift the curfew was after careful review of the situation and the relative calm throughout the state”.

The commissioner however called on commercial banks, public servants and the people in the state to come out and continue with their normal businesses or day to day activities.

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