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I walked into a local Sainsbury supermarket to buy newspapers and was filled with awe when I saw an attractive glossy magazine with a ladyís portrait glaring at me. The headline was ďBE AFRAIDĒ.
The attire was definitely Nigerian and the face was no one elseís but NAFDACís Dora Akunyili.
I quickly grabbed the Financial Times newspaper that had the FT weekend magazine inside because it was the last copy in the shop and began searching for the cover page news while queuing up to pay for it. People queued up beside me stretched their necks to see what my fuss was all about as the general atmosphere of Scots towards Africans was a little tight because one of theirs was in captivity in the Niger-Delta. Some of them actually went back to the newsstand to see if they could get their own copy of the magazine I was holding. An internet link is available on http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2b7b18b0-e186-11db-bd73-000b5df10621.html.
On the main subject of that issue, Dora Akunyiliís travails were explicitly described by Andrew Jack, FT Magazines pharmaceutical correspondent, who was in
It was an impressive show Professor Akunyili put up when she fought
One is left to wonder ďif the health sector is ridden with such decay, what is the guarantee that other sectors arenít?Ē. I will bet with my life that fake and expired drugs are just a fraction of inappropriate merchandise imported into the country. Moreso, it is very likely that recent collapse of buildings and infrastructure are complemented by substandard building and construction material since agencies responsible for checking the quality of such commodity, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in this case, hardly have the manpower and know-how to verify the authenticity of shipping documents accompanying the consignments, or a quality check for that matter. Steel for example is imported with a durability/stress data sheets which are doctored. This means that strength of a steel rod could be lower and hence more brittle than stated on the data sheet therefore posing a potential risk with use.
I was in
I believe that the Nigerian Road Safety Commission, Standards Organisation, and several other agencies that are not making the news are not performing to their mandates. Simple enforcement of standard procedures if effected by these Ďsiddon lookí agencies, will save thousands of lives in our country.
Dora understands that a nation will not grow if it is sick and so she intends to heal
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