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Friday, 22 May 2015

Osun appeals to NAFDAC club to curb the menace, cultism

Osun State Government has appealed to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control to establish NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club in schools to assist the government to curb cultism and other vices among pupils.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran, made the appeal at Osogbo during the presentation of prizes to the winners of the NAFDAC Annual Secondary Schools’ competition on Wednesday.

He said, “I commend NAFDAC for establishing the club. If the club has not been established fully in our public schools, we want you to do that. Clubs like this are welcome by the state government.

“The pupils will be used as ambassadors to preach this gospel. The governor and his deputy are passionate about education. They welcome clubs like this so that illegalities, such as cultism will become outdated. Your effort is a practical demonstration of how to end this.”

He also urged members of the club to sensitise their parents and other family members on the danger of fake and expired products, saying this would assist the agency to achieve desirable result in its assignment.

The state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Kayode Fagboyo, urged the pupils to contribute to checking the expiry date and manufacturer’s address of any product.

He said, “Tell your parents and other members of your families about the evil effects of expired and fake products.

“They should look out for where expiry date and manufacturer’s address written on any product they want to buy. You should not buy any product which expiry date is tampered with or any product that does not have manufacturer’s address. Any manufacturer that does not have anything to hide will be proud to write their address on their products.”

He explained that NAFDAC decided to establish the club in secondary schools to create the culture of quality in the pupils and to use them to reach out to the older generations.

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