The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has vowed that the agency would not rest on its oars until Nigeria markets are rid of unwholesome food, falsified medicines, and dangerous cosmetics in order to safeguard the health of Nigerians.
Prof Adeyeye made the assertion in Gombe, the Gombe State capital, at the North East Zonal destruction exercise of fake, counterfeit, substandard, expired, and unwholesome products by the Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) team of NAFDAC on Sunday, May 23.
Prof Adeyeye explained that the exercise was in line with one of the Agency’s strategies aimed at eradicating incidences of reintroduction of fake drugs and other seized spurious or and unwholesome NAFDAC regulated products from the Nigeria market.
The products destroyed were made up of substandard and falsified medicines, unwholesome processed food products, unsafe cosmetics, and other counterfeit regulated products seized from importers and manufacturers by various NAFDAC establishments in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Also included in the exercise were expired NADAC regulated products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by complaint companies, including GSK Pharma, Ogba, Lagos, and non-governmental organizations within the zone.
The products destroyed included various quantities of medicines such as antibiotics; herbal remedies; psychoactive; and anti-diabetic.
Foods such as noodles, palm oil, vegetable oil, ogogoro (local gin) non-alcoholic beverages, sachet water amongst others were destroyed.
Cosmetics such as creams, pomade; and chemicals such as fake insecticides, fertilizers were also destroyed. Medical devices such as disposable syringes, I.V given set, and PPE; as well as imported falsified packaging materials for counterfeiting various NAFDAC regulated products.
Prof. Adeyeye expressed her happiness; that the products destroyed could have found their way back to the markets with the resultant consequences.
The exercise commenced with reception of items from the North-East zonal states to wit: Gombe, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, and Taraba.
A total of 240.15 tons were received from the North-East states; and additional 40 tons from GSK Pharma were received and destroyed. The heap of items received was doused with fuel; and lighted with fire at noon on Saturday.