By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS â€” President of Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), Mr. Ganiyu Sanni, has advocated effective implementation of government policies on public health and environmental protection as they affect professionals like the public analysts to provide backup scientific services.
According to him, only when analytical services are reliable and qualitative that manufacturers and regulatory authorities as well as consumers are sure of safe and certified products for sale.
Sanni who spoke at IPANâ€™s 2009 annual luncheon/investiture of 11 new fellows and induction of 58 new members of IPAN in Lagos also reminded members of IPAN that admission into the institute henceforth would be through training with written examination in all the three stages includingÂ the foundation, professional 1 and professional 2.
He said over 75 per cent of the inductees were admitted through the process of training and written examination.
In his address on the occasion, Minister of Health, Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin, stressed the need for improved skills of scientists, saying there should be emphasise on quality, safety and efficacy of processes and products.
According to Oshotimehin, â€œthe ingenuity needed for the local fine-tuning of management skills is essentialâ€
The Minister who explained that the Ministry of Health expects continued regulatory framework for quality assurance in all six zonal offices and two port inspectorate offices disclosed that newly released booklets on approved equipment sourcing by the ministry would eliminate earlier abuses of equipment purchase procedures in the country.
In the same vein, the Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii, who also noted that globalization and poverty have continued to affect over half of the worldâ€™s population said Nigeria has done well in supporting the growth of the food and pharmaceutical industry by instituting various strategies to combating counterfeiting activities.
Stating that the task of eradicating counterfeiting and substandard products from the country was for every Nigerian, he said Public analysts are among the major stakeholders in the regulation and control of food and drug products amongst others.
He pledged that NAFDAC would continue to work closely with the institute to take necessary steps to ensuring that their laboratories are accredited by national and international accreditation bodies.