NAFDAC Threatens to Crack Down Manufacturers of Counterfeit Drugs

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Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

The National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned manufacturers of counterfeit drugs to desist forthwith or face the wrath of the law.

Acting Director General of the agency. Mrs. Yetunde Oni, handed down the warning in Jos, Plateau State, in a closing remark after a two-day re-orientation training programme held in Jos for staff of the agency in the North-central zone.

Represented by Director of Ports Inspection of the agency, Mrs Maureen Eigbibeyi, the Acting DG said that NAFDAC would go to every nook and cranny of the country to mop up fake drugs and deal decisively with their manufacturers and dealers by prosecuting them.

She lamented the high rate of the influx of fake drugs into the Nigerian market, describing it as worrisome, and pledged to ensure that perpetrators do not go scot-free.

While pledging that her agency would be decisive, firm, bold, accountable and transparent in its activities, Oni lamented that over the years, the agency had battled with the devastating effects of corruption and lackadaisical attitude of staff in discharging their duties, but warned that it was no longer business as usual, insisting that the training was to prepare the staff to restore the lost glory of the agency.

Earlier, Director of Special Duties, NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, said he was optimistic that the training would re-awaken the staff’s consciousness, zeal and determination to take the agency to a greater heights.

He urged Nigerians to cooperate with NAFDAC to deliver on its duties diligently and efficiently.