By Chioma Obinna & Ebele Onuorah
LAGOS — In its determined efforts to bring its regulatory activities to the grassroots, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has established desk offices in all the 774 Local Government Areas of the federation.
The establishment of the desk offices was part of the resolutions contained in the communiqué issued after the 2010 national sensitisation workshop on ‘combating drug hawking, counterfeiting drug and unwholesome regulated products’ organised by the Agency for Chairmen of the 774 LGAs in Abuja.
Commenting on the new development, the state Head of the Agency in Osun State, Mrs. Yedunni Adenuga said it was part of the Agency’s strategies to sanitise its operational system.
Adenuga, who spoke at Ila and Ifedayo Local Government Areas in the state, implored the staff of the council to join hands with NAFDAC in its efforts to make her presence effectively felt in every nook and cranny of the state.
She argued that the establishment of the desks and the subsequent awareness campaigns were aimed at ensuring that only genuine and safe regulated products were offered for consumption to the people.
According to her, “The essence of today’s programme is to enlist you as foot soldiers in bringing the much needed enlightenment to your people in the grassroots since you live among them.”
Consequently, she challenged the staff to say no to all forms of drug hawking as well as disallow drug hawkers including herbal medicine sellers into the local government secretariat.
Responding, the acting Head of Ila local Government Administration and the Director of Primary Healthcare, Mr. Taiwo Ogundipe commended NAFDAC for the good job it has done in the last few years and the confidence its activities have brought to the consumers.
Ogundipe charged the agency to be sensitive to its responsibilities as the fakers of regulated products have relocated to the rural areas as a result of the heat on them in the cities and urban centre.