The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will not allow the country to be a dumping ground for substandard foods and drugs related products. Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of the agency recently issued this public warning to countries and companies that export such products to Nigeria.
Speaking during a Breakfast Meeting put together by the American Business Council, she said especially of the Asian countries that are in the habit of flooding the drug market with inferior and adulterated drugs and foods – NAFDAC will soon begin the process of prosecuting importers found guilty of such nefarious practices. She assured the gathering that very soon it will no longer be business as usual for importers of such products.
Adeyeye said, “We are going to blacklist many countries; for instance, the Asian countries, which are in the habit of sending substandard products to Nigeria, because the country has been inundated with narcotic products. In fact, we will possibly prosecute any foreign company found guilty of the act henceforth.”
Furthermore, Prof. Adeyeye stressed the need for, and how the agency is deploying ICT in pursuant of its activities and goals. The DG stated that NAFDAC is on the verge of accomplishing a much easier and faster methodology for carrying out its functions through setting up electronic platforms for all transactions, such as e-registration, e-clearance, and e-permit. She added that this will enable a more appropriate interface with companies without necessarily having to come face-to-face with them.
In her remarks, Mrs. Margaret Olele, CEO/Executive Secretary, American Business Council, explained the purpose of the forum. She said, “The American Business Council is the voice of American investments in Nigeria and the Nigerian Affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. Working with the US Mission and other partners, we drive trade and investment opportunities between Nigeria and United States of America in the interest of its member companies and both countries. Our overarching goal is to support sustainable socio-economic reform initiatives in Nigeria through public policy advocacy, promotion and implementation.
In line with the Federal Government’s objective on improving the ease of doing business in the country, it is imperative for stakeholders and the media to share their perspectives with the DG of NAFDAC, in order to have an organised and healthy society.”