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NAFDAC to destroy unwholesome and fake products worth over two billion naira ……reiterates commitment to safety of food and drug security

Olusegun Haastrup

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ,NAFDAC, says it will not relent in safeguarding the health of Nigerians. Director-General of the Agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye stated this during the launch of the Southwest destruction of unwholesome products in Sagamu, Ogun State. The products to be destroyed has an estimated value of two billion, four hundred and eighty-two million, Six hundred thousand, two hundred and ninety naira, (N2, 482, 600, 290.00). The products include substandard and fake medical products, unwholesome processed food, unsafe cosmetics, damaged and expired products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by compliant companies and Non-Governmental Organisation, as well as Trade Unions. The NAFDAC DG who was represented by the Director, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor during the exercise said the Agency, in collaboration with other relevant organisations would always ensure that merchants of unwholesome products do not thrive in the country. Prof Adeyeye said "The current management is committed to eliminating SFs medical products, illicit drugs, unwholesome foods, chemical, medical devices and other regulated products" She said the Agency had in the last four years carried out 144 raids on hawkers of drugs across the federation, seizing drugs worth, Seventeen million, four hundred and sixty-five thousand naira (N17, 465,000) Advising members of the public to be careful when purchasing products on the social media, the NAFDAC boss revealed that a few weeks ago, the agency arrested fraudsters with unlabelled, repackaged and unwholesome cereal products in plain sacks, sold and distributed in open markets and on the social media. While appreciating the efforts of the National Assembly in the security of food and drug, Prof Adeyeye appealed to the lawmakers to pass the Counterfeit Medical Products Bill, to strengthen, the fight against counterfeiting in the Country. In his remarks, the Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement in NAFDAC, Mr. Martins Iluyomade, said the destruction of unwholesome products was a message to the manufacturers, and to assure the citizens of government's resolve to secure their health. Mr. Iluyomade said "these merchants of death must not be allowed to thrive, and so NAFDAC will not relent in this war against unwholesome products". The exercise was witnessed by representative of the Nigeria Police Force, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other relevant agencies.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ,NAFDAC, says it will not relent in safeguarding the health of Nigerians. Director-General of the Agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye stated this during the launch of the Southwest destruction of unwholesome products in Sagamu, Ogun State. The products to be destroyed has an estimated value of two billion, four hundred and eighty-two million, Six hundred thousand, two hundred and ninety naira, (N2, 482, 600, 290.00). The products include substandard and fake medical products, unwholesome processed food, unsafe cosmetics, damaged and expired products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by compliant companies and Non-Governmental Organisation, as well as Trade Unions. The NAFDAC DG who was represented by the Director, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor during the exercise said the Agency, in collaboration with other relevant organisations would always ensure that merchants of unwholesome products do not thrive in the country. Prof Adeyeye said "The current management is committed to eliminating SFs medical products, illicit drugs, unwholesome foods, chemical, medical devices and other regulated products" She said the Agency had in the last four years carried out 144 raids on hawkers of drugs across the federation, seizing drugs worth, Seventeen million, four hundred and sixty-five thousand naira (N17, 465,000) Advising members of the public to be careful when purchasing products on the social media, the NAFDAC boss revealed that a few weeks ago, the agency arrested fraudsters with unlabelled, repackaged and unwholesome cereal products in plain sacks, sold and distributed in open markets and on the social media. While appreciating the efforts of the National Assembly in the security of food and drug, Prof Adeyeye appealed to the lawmakers to pass the Counterfeit Medical Products Bill, to strengthen, the fight against counterfeiting in the Country. In his remarks, the Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement in NAFDAC, Mr. Martins Iluyomade, said the destruction of unwholesome products was a message to the manufacturers, and to assure the citizens of government's resolve to secure their health. Mr. Iluyomade said "these merchants of death must not be allowed to thrive, and so NAFDAC will not relent in this war against unwholesome products". The exercise was witnessed by representative of the Nigeria Police Force, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other relevant agencies.

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