By Sola Ogundipe
PRESIDENT Umar Yarâ€™Adua has been urged to reconstitute the Governing Board of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and appointment of a leadership in line with provisions of Section 9 of decree 15 of 1993 as amended, if the current campaign against fake and adulterated food and drug products is to be successful.
Making the call in Lagos, National Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Gbenga Olubowale said the persistence of unwholesome food and drug products in the public domain in the country, and the implication for public health, is proof that NAFDAC and other relevant regulatory agencies, as presently constituted, are incapable of arresting the undesirable trend.
With reference to recent reports of the influx of fake regulated consumer products, Olubowale said government neede to play its own part by creating an enabling environment and by compelling the relevant agencies to carry out their mandate.
â€œThe fundamental thing if we must tell ourselves the truth is that Nigeria has once more become an attractive country for fake food and drug distribution, oiled very well by the vast network of open drug markets across the nation couple with the absence of a structured professional drug distribution system.â€