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NAFDAC Gets N45m Laboratory Equipment from BoI



  • NAFDAC Gets N45m Laboratory Equipment from BoI

The Bank of Industry has donated High Powered Liquid Chromatography equipment worth over N45m to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

While unveiling the equipment in Lagos, the development finance institution pointed out that the gesture was in line with its efforts to support rapid industrialisation in the country.

The Managing Director, BoI, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, stated that the equipment would reduce time wasting and enhance efficiency during sample test for NAFDAC regulated products.

He said, “It is right to collaborate with NAFDAC to be able to satisfy Nigerian small businesses that are seeking NAFDAC registration number in shorter time. We require that our customers under the regulation of NAFDAC get NAFDAC approval before we can grant them loans.

“If you don’t have NAFDAC number, you can’t sell your product. Unless we are sure you will sell your product, we will not approve loans for you. With this collaboration, NAFDAC will be saddled with the responsibility of recording those qualified to access loans.”

He stated that with the machine, over 200 samples of different products would be tested within 24 hours as against five being tested before the introduction of the new technique.

Olagunju pointed out that NAFDAC assured the Federal Government that the turnaround time for the equipment was 60 days.

In her welcome address, the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, stated that the instrument would help the organisation to detect substandard and falsified medical products as well as unwholesome foods.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Binta Bellow, stated that fake drug proliferation had affected the credibility of healthcare system and other sectors of the economy.

She maintained that some cases of fake drugs had resulted in death, especially among children.

She said that NAFDAC was fully equipped to regulate the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, sale and use of drugs to ensure safe and quality drugs for the public.

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MTN Nigeria, Gameloft Partner to Increase Access to Variety of Exciting Games




MTN Nigeria announced it has partnered with Gameloft, a leader in the development and publishing of games, to increase access to a variety of fun and exciting games online.

The telecommunications giant in collaboration with its new partner, Gameloft announced the launch of MTN Gameworld, a new gaming platform for its subscribers.

According to MTN, the new platform will allow the Nigerian growing gaming community access to a lot of unique games online through an extensive premium catalogue from Gameloft and other renowned publishers.

Commenting on the partnership, Srinivas Rao, the Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria, said, “We are constantly seeking to deliver innovative products that support the aspirations of our customers, whilst delivering superior user experience. This partnership allows us to provide our customers with access to a variety of exhilarating games from Gameloft and other leading publishers at an affordable rate.”

MTN Gameworld will allow subscribed customers access to a variety of games, which they can play at subsidised data rates through the MTN Gameworld app. Android, iOS and Windows phone users can subscribe via SMS, app, web, USSD menu (*447#), 131 USSD menu and any other MTN customer channel.

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President Buhari Commissions 5,000bpd Modular Refinery Built in Imo State



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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery built by Waltersmith Group in Imo State.

President Buhari, who commissioned the new modular refinery virtually, said the refinery will enable Nigeria to export petroleum products to neighbouring countries and other markets.

The 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery is the first phase of 50,000 barrels per day combined capacity plant planned for Imo State, according to the Group.

Buhari commended Waltersmith Group, an indigenous oil firm, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the collaboration that led to the actualisation of the modular refinery.

President Buhari, therefore, directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Department of Petroleum Resources and all other relevant government agencies to provide Waltersmith all the necessary support in terms of access to crude oil and condensate feedstock.

Buhari said, “We rolled out our refining roadmap in 2018, to address challenges in the downstream sector. After many years of government giving out modular refining licences without any coming on-stream, we are today seeing a commissioning within two years.

“The plan to commence the expansion of this refinery to 50,000bpd capacity, to refine crude oil and condensate, is a demonstration of the economic reform Nigeria is undergoing.

“The realisation of the refinery roadmap will ultimately lead us to becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, not only to our neighbouring countries but to other wide markets,” he said.

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Elon Musk Net Worth Jumps by $100 Billion this Year to Topple Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Others 



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Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Tesla, is now the world’s second-richest person following another surge in the price of Tesla share.

Musk total net worth jumped by $7.6 billion to $110 billion between November 16 and 17 to dethrone Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, from the third position.

Since then, Tesla stock has been on a bullish run and in the last 24 hours added $7.24 billion to Elon Musk’s total net worth, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Bringing the billionaire’s total net worth to $128 billion.

Elon Musk’s net worth rose from just $28 billion in January 2020 to $128 billion on November 24, 2020, representing an increase of $100 billion, the highest by any billionaire.

Musk has finally toppled Bill Gates as the second richest person and for the first time, Bill Gates is the third richest man in the world. This is the first time in almost 40 years that Gates will be in the third position.

Billionaires listed on Bloomberg Index have collectively gained $1.3 trillion this year.

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