By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has threatened to sanction water producers in Anambra State, who failed to participate in the ongoing water testing exercise.
The Zonal Co-ordinator of NAFDAC in Anambra State, Dr Christiana Esenwah, gave the warning during the commencement of the two-week NAFDAC Quality Water Monitoring Exercise held at Tonimas Table Water, yesterday.
Esenwah noted that the exercise was meant to safe-guard the public against unwholesome table and sachet water, currently used by most residents of the state.
She advised table and sachet water producers to come close to NAFDAC for advice, since they produce what Nigerians of all status consume.
The NAFDAC zonal coordinator told the pure water producers not to pretend that all was well, adding that for coming to participate in the exercise, they would have learned a lot from NAFDAC.
She said: “After this test, we discovered the stand of your products and some will know that there is nothing to write home about their product.
“For that reason, I would advice every other water producer not to run away, because this is an avenue where you really discover what your product is made of.”
According to Esenwah, NAFDAC is ready to assist and collaborate with all water producers in the state to produce wholesome and quality water.
She said: “We are not here to throw people out of business or job, just as we are here to help your business if you comply with the stipulated standard.
“We aid you get it right and continue in your business; especially as we know that water producing business is one of the thriving cottage businesses in the country.”
NAFDAC Water Testing Consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Osiegbu, said the agency was carrying out physic-chemical analysis and collecting samples for micro-biological analysis from water producers in Anambra.
“Our responsibility here is not only to analyze, but we try to work with the manufacturers to correct them, after which they would bring back the sample for re-testing to make sure that what we asked them to correct has been done to get quality and wholesome water.“