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House Committee on Health expresses concern on drug faking

By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS—MEMBERS of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Health, Monady, expressed concern over activities of drug and food counterfeiters in the country.

The Committee members who were in Lagos to inspect all the National Agency for Foods, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, projects  in Lagos as part of their over sight function to see how public funds are spent by the agency said the health of the people is of great importance to the government.

Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Alabi Lad Ojomo said the public has continued to express concern over the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control’s (NAFDAC) ability to effectively managed food and drugs under a single agency.

Ojomo who also frowned that despite government’s effort to rid the country of fake and unwholesome products the activities of fakers are still very high.

Ojomo said staff welfare was necessary to motivate workers to give their best, adding that unmotivated worker’s would not be efficient. He said the committee is to assist the agency fulfill its responsibility of ensuring that fake drugs and unwholesome foods are eradicated.
Ojomo said despite the political situation in the country the visit was necessary, members of the committee still finds it necessary to make the journey. He said Lagos state is very intense as far as health is concerned because of its population and the fact that it was the former capital of the country with see and airport.

In response, the NAFDAC DG said, the northern borders are still very porous, adding that most of the fake and counterfeit drugs may have made their way into the country through those borders.

Orhii said most of the agency projects were funded through internally generated revenue (IGR), adding that grants were also received from some international agencies/ donors to develop infrastructure within
stipulated period.

He said the agency internally generated N3.5billion in 2008, N4.5billion in 2009 and so far N3.7billion had been received up to September which is the third quarter of the year.

Ojomo said IGR should be passed to the National Assembly for proper accountability and monitoring. “How the funds are spent is part of why we are here.” Other committee members on the visit are the secretary
of the committee, Hon. Mike Egwu, Hon Pat Asedu, Hon Morufu Akinderu and Hon. Johnson Abolaji


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