Reps Urge FG To Return SON, NAFDAC To Ports

The House of Representatives have called on the Federal Government to reconsider its earlier decision barring the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from operating at the nation’s seaports.

The lower chamber maintained that the two key agencies are needed at the seaports and borders to fight the influx of sub-standard and life-endangering goods into the country, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adopting a motion under “Matters of urgent public importance”, raised at the plenary session, the House stated that allowing SON and NAFDAC back to the ports will represent part of the strategies to effectively check the influx of sub-standard goods into the country.

The House has mandated its committee on finance to meet and liaise with the Minister of Finance on the urgent need for SON and NAFDAC to return to the ports and borders.

The motion was moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, representing Anaocha South/Anaocha North/Oshimili South federal constituency of Delta State.

The House categorically stated that no other agency can carry out the statutory functions of SON and NAFDAC, maintaining that the functions of quality assurance cannot be inter-changed with any other sister agency.

There have been several appeals from the various sectors, operators and stakeholders on the need for the Federal Government to return SON in particular at the nation’s ports as a major move against the menace of sub-standard and counterfeited products across the country.

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NAFDAC Raids Warehouse Stacked With Tramadol

The National Agency for Food and Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), raided a warehouse in Lagos State, where banned and controlled pharmaceutical products were being stored.

In a statement on Thursday by the NAFDAC’s Director General said the raid was carried out after the agency received information about nefarious activities going on in the area as well as a cartel involved in the illegal importation of drugs.

The statement said, “The Agency’s Operatives at about 1:00hrs on September 14, 2018, raided a transit warehouse at Ijora Ororo, Lagos State and discovered 187 cartons of assorted Tramadol (120mg, 200mg and 225mg respectively) and more than 49 cartons of Diazepam (a controlled drug) concealed amongst household items including but not limited to bicycle, used tyres and printers”.

According to the agency, the seized products were worth about N105,650,000 million.

The drugs have, however, been evacuated from the warehouse for further investigation.

NAFDAC advised the public to remain vigilant and not hesitate to report any suspicious activities within their environment.

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Artificial Ripening: NAFDAC To Commence Nationwide Monitoring Of Fruit Markets

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will commence immediate nationwide monitoring of fruit markets to check activities of some traders involved in artificial ripening of fruits.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Professor Adeyeye said the agency decided to take the measure because it had become a common practice among some desperate traders and farmers to hasten the process of fruit ripening using hazardous chemicals like calcium carbide.

She noted that “NAFDAC has noticed the dangerous practice of sale and consumption of fruits artificially ripened with calcium carbide.

“As part of our mandate, NAFDAC is on high alert to respond to any practice or process that will jeopardise the health of the population.

“Fruits provide the body with micro-nutrients that improve immunity and prevent diseases among other benefits.

“Fruit ripening is a unique aspect of plant development, which makes the fruit edible, softer, sweeter, more palatable, nutritious and attractive.

“However, the consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, etc or any other fruits ripened with calcium carbide is dangerous to health.”

According to her, the effect of artificial ripening on fruit quality, including properties such as colour, taste and feel are lost considerably and does not give the natural aroma and flavour to the fruits.

The NAFDAC boss stated that these fruits, although possess uniform colour, were less juicy than when ripened naturally and comparatively shorter shelf life.

Adeyeye added that artificially ripened fruits may be ripe on the skin but unripe inside.

She noted that calcium carbide, when sprayed with water, react chemically to produce acetylene, which act like ethylene and ripen fruits by a similar process.

She stated that calcium carbide generally contain impurities such as arsenic, lead particles and phosphorus, which pose a number of serious health hazards.

“The consumption of such fruits containing these impurities may cause cancer, heart, kidney and liver failure.”

Adeyeye, therefore, warned farmers, traders and the public that ripening fruits with calcium carbide was dangerous to health and a criminal offence, and perpetrators would be prosecuted.

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NAFDAC Arrests Suspect For Illegal Gin Production

The Ekiti State chapter of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested a middle aged man, John Odenigbo for illegal production and sale of fake wine and gin.

Ekiti State Director of NAFDAC, Mr Paul Abiem made this known while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

Mr Paul Abiem said the move was to discourage others from such harmful products that could terminate lives.

Mr Abiem explained that the suspect was traced to his shop at Alaafia area, in Ado Ekiti as a result of information available to the agency.

According to him, other offences committed by the suspect include production of the wines in unhygienic environment and illegal usage of NAFDAC number.

Mr Abiem promised that the suspect would soon be handed over to the police, called on members of the public to desist from substandard products in the interest of their health.

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Fire Guts NAFDAC Building In Abuja

The headquarters of the National Agency for Food And Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), in Abuja is currently on fire.

The building is located in the Wuse area of Abuja.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, a source said the fire started at about 6:20 a.m. and that fire service officials arrived late.


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Reps Order NAFDAC To Ban Sale Of Tramadol, Codein

The House of Representatives has enjoined the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to immediately ban the sale of codeine and other ‘harmful’ drugs in the country.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Abdulsamad Dasuki (APC Sokoto), the lawmakers directed NAFDAC to ensure that codeine was only dispensed through prescription and only sold in hospitals.

Dasuki, while leading debate on the motion particularly stressed the need to stop abuse by banning the sale of codeine and tramadol over the counter and the need to address their abuse in northern Nigeria.It is believed that about three million bottles of codeine are consumed in Kano and neighbouring Jigawa State.

He urged NAFDAC to introduce punitive measures against medical practitioners who sell opioid medications without a notarised prescription by a qualified medical doctor.

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NAFDAC Names Ademola Magbojuri As Acting DG

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has named Mr Ademola Magbojuri as Acting Director-General (DG).

This was contained in a press statement signed the Agency’s spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, and made available to pressmen in Abuja.

According to him, the immediate past acting director-general reached the retirement age of 60 years on Sept. 21, and Federal Government directed that the most senior director in the the agency takes charge.

Magbojuri, until this appointment, was in charge of NAFDAC’s training and research institute in Kaduna.


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No ‘Killer’ Drugs In Nigeria, Says NAFDAC

Against the widespread reports in the social media on the sale of ‘kidney-killer’ malaria drugs in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said there are no such drugs in the country.

At a press briefing in Lagos, Acting Director-General, NAFDAC, Dr. Yetunde Oni, aid the agency is committed to correcting the misinformation on the social media and mainstream media about the banned drugs.

According to her, the allegedly banned drugs are oral monotherapies containing single Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) such as Artesunate as contained in Arinate tablet, Amodiaquine contained in Comoquine, Dihydroartemisinin contained in Alaxin tablets and Pyrimethamine contained in Daraprim tablets which are not recommended for the treatment of malaria in Nigeria.

The Acting DG, therefore, urged Nigerians to use the recommended anti-malarial medicine Artemisin Combination Therapies (ACTs) for the treatment of malaria, which is in line with the guidelines according to the WHO and the Nigeria National Anti-malarial Treatment Policy.


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EFCC Takes NAFDAC DG Paul Orhi Into Custody Over Alleged Corruption

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office.

The source said: “It is true that the NAFDAC head was summoned by us and he is currently being quizzed in relation to allegations that he has been awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to companies close to him.Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.
An EFCC top source confirmed to Vanguard that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been making useful statement to its agents.

Asked if the man would be released today on self recognition, the source said he had no idea but that doing so might depend on whether the operatives were satisfied with his answers to issues raised against him.
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