By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has said that it had confiscated and destroyed counterfeited drugs valued at over N27 billion in the last five years.
The Director General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii made this known yesterday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, at the flag off of his scholarship scheme for Benue indigenes in universities across the country.
Orhii said NAFDAC had taken the fight against manufacturers of drugs and food in the country to a different dimension because those in the illicit trade were becoming daring and adventurous.
According to him, “the people in this evil trade are daily expanding their network, though in the last five years we have confiscated fake drugs worth over N27 billion they have not relented in their evil business.
“In spite of their ungodly activities, we have introduced several cutting edge technologies in our fight against the trade, and today, we can proudly boast that over 80 million drugs users in Nigeria can authenticate the potency and genuineness of the drugs and food they consume.”
Orhii then cautioned students against social vices just as he urged them to resist the temptations of being influenced by those he described as the masterminds of the evil trade in the country, explaining that he initiated the scholarship scheme to help the students and their parents defray the cost of acquiring university education.