By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has disclosed that the agency has intercepted 7 truck-loads of fake drugs valued at over N600 million at Idi-Iroko, a boarder town in Lagos State.
The counterfeit drugs which were being hauled into Nigeria from a neighboring country were part of a 21-truck loads of fake drugs destined for the country.
According to the NAFDAC boss, who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi, the agency acted on a tip off and immediately swung into action, alerting other security agencies who swooped on the convoy and arrested seven of the trucks while others returned to their country of origin.
Orhii, who reiterated the determination of the agency to tackle dealers and fakers of drugs in the country, assured that NAFDAC was not relenting in ensuring the reduction of incidence of fake drugs in the country to less than one per cent.
He further narrated how the Agency trailed manufacturers of fake drugs imported into Nigeria from China, took up the case with the Chinese government and succeeded in making the government pass a death sentence on any manufacturer and dealer of fake drugs in the Asian country.
The NAFDAC boss said the agency had adopted a multi-dimensional and coordinated approach using global standards to localise the fight against manufacturing and distribution of fake drugs in the country.
“The Agency is collaborating with countries like Argentina, Israel, China, India, Ghana and others to fight the importation of fake and counterfeit drugs in the country,” Orhii said.
Lamenting that the nationâ€™s borders were porous and thus making them prone to infiltration of fake and unwholesome drugs, he said NAFDAC was working closely with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, the SSS, Police, the military and other security agencies to curtail cases of fake drugs in the country.