NEWS UPDATE: INEC Extends Deadline for Collection of PVC and Other Interesting Stories…….

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INEC extends PVC collection till Feb 8

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards to Sunday, February 8, 2015,  to give registered voters yet to collect their PVCs the opportunity to do so in readiness for the February 2015 general elections

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, made this information known to the public in Abuja on Sunday. He said “INEC hereby calls on duly registered persons not to delay in going to collect their cards before the expiration of the new deadline, the Commission reaffirms its determination to make the 2015 elections free, fair, credible and peaceful; and urges all stakeholders, including voters, to spare no effort in working towards the same objective.”

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Rivers Courts Re-open Monday as Judiciary Workers Suspend Strike

The Rivers state judiciary, which had been shut since eight months ago, reopens today as workers in the state judiciary have suspended their strike.The National Publicity Secretary of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Kayode Igbarago, has directed judicial workers in the state to resume work on Monday, February 2

The state judiciary was shut down July last year following the crisis that rocked the state judiciary over the appointment of a chief judge for the state and alleged attacks on members of the judiciary.

Igbarago stated that the decision to call off the strike, was the outcome of national executive council (NEC) meeting held on Monday, January 26 at the Supreme Court, Abuja.

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How NAFDAC Central Drug Control lab will impact consumers

History was made last Wednesday as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC], Dr. Paul Orhii  was presented with the ISO/IEC 17025:2005U  accreditation  certificate of the Central Drug Control Laboratory [CDCL] Yaba.

This made the  laboratory the first government medicine laboratory to attain international standardsand by the attainment of this coveted ISO/IEC  17025:2005 certificate, analysts believe the incidence of fake and substandard drugs will be greatly reduced as the laboratory now has all it takes to test both locally manufactured and imported pharmaceutical products.

As a drug quality control laboratory, CDCL is responsible for testing all medicinal products submitted for regulatory actions and investigation and it handles between 7,000 to 8,300 samples in a year, which is about 70% of total medicines that the Agency analyses.

Pesenting the award to the NAFDAC boss at the event which held at Protea Hotel Ikeja, Dr. Patrick Lukulay, Vice President, Global Health Impact Programs USP said it was in recognition of his relentless efforts, needed leadership which led to bringing Nigerian laboratories to international standards.

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FIDA faults N’Assembly on anti-violence bill

Women Lawyers in the Nigeria under the aegis of the International Federation of Women Lawyers have expressed concern over the alleged poor attitude of the National Assembly towards addressing gender-based violence in the country.

FIDA challenged women to demand from politicians their commitment to the passage of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill.

The National President of FIDA and delegate to last year’s National Conference, Mrs. Hauwa Shekarau, made the allegation in Abuja during a one-day sensitisation workshop which was organised by the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, in conjunction with the Ipas Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation on VAPP-Bill for 100 women

At the event, Shekarau stated that “Some of you are wives to Senators, Reps or sisters to them. Please talk to them to pass this bill. Everybody is busy with campaign; nobody talk about women and their place in polity. If anybody comes to you to seek for your vote, ask him or her, what they are going to do with the VAPP-Bill”.

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