Anambra,he Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has commenced bio-data registration of indigenous medicine and herbal practitioners in the state as a scheme to tackle the tide of insecurity in Anambra.
The Executive Director of Anambra Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice, Dr. Ejie Daniel, who disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen, in Awka, the state capital, yesterday, said that the idea is part of security guidelines adopted by Soludo to chase out undesirable elements from the profession.
Ejie agreed with the governor that some bad elements, who either infiltrated or worked with authentic practitioners, will not have a place to hide henceforth.
According to him, those who hid under the shadow of herbal practice, being targeted by the governor, are those who give amulet to protect terrorists from bullet wounds.
Ejie stated that the government has adopted bio-data capturing, as part of Soludo’s pro-active security scheme, designed to check the list of practitioners, screen them and have their data analysis to know their areas of specialities in terms of herbal practice.
He disclosed that the data analysis would reveal those who does that in the state. He said that the data validation began earlier before the March 17, 2022 inauguration of the Soludo administration, noting that the agency has given practitioners up to November this year to register or be sent packing.
Edie noted that herbal practitioners are well known to save a life using roots and herbs.
He said: “Whoever kills is not supposed to be called a member of the herbal practicing association.”
He emphasized that the agency would embark on locally produced drugs standardization and issuance of Certification Number by the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration (NAFDAC), after the bio-data capturing exercise.
He stated that those who refused to participate would be considered to be hiding something harmful.
Ejie, who disclosed that he inherited the art from his grandfather, said the agency is leveraging on available data of such unions as the National Association of Nigeria Herbal Medicine Practitioners in Nigeria, Bone Healers, and others, to source its database of herbal medicine practitioners.