Stories by Oluyinka Onigbinde
Following the illegal importation of sensitive chemical substances, food, drug and others, the federal government has ordered National Agency Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to return to the nation’s sea port and borders.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the National Chemical Security Training Conference, the Nigerian Security Agency, the Chemical Society of Nigeria and other key stakeholders at the forum recommended return of the agency to the Ports and borders
It will be recalled that that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had announced the sack of NAFADAC, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and some other agencies from the port as a way of enhancing efficient cargo clearance.
Officials of the agencies were accused of corruption which hinders the wheel of progress at the port.
Analysts said each time they were barred from the seaports, the affected agencies lobbied their way back into the port under the guise of fighting the importation of substandard and dangerous goods.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Christianah Adeyeye while speaking on Tuesday held said that the return of the agency to the ports will restore its key responsibility of monitoring imports of sensitive chemical substances, food, drug and other regulated products.
NAFDAC is returning to ports and borders to effectively control the importation of narcotic drugs and chemical substances identified to be grossly abused and posing public health and security threats to the nation
According to her, “NAFDAC wishes to commend the Office of the NSA, the Chemical Society of Nigeria and other key stakeholders for recognising NAFDAC as a key player in the national security architecture by this singular act of restoring the presence of NAFDAC officials at all designated ports of entry and land borders.
“The laws that set up NAFDAC empower the agency to statutorily operate at the ports. The clearance of regulated products outside of the current legal framework poses immediate and life threatening risks to the public as unregistered, spurious and falsified products exit the ports without recourse to the agency’s approval for such products to be in the market,” she said.