By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—THE House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services has enjoined the newly-appointed Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, to maintain the standards raised by her predecessors.
The lawmakers said taking the agency back to the good old days, especially during the era of late Professor Dora Akunyili, will help it realise the set objectives.
Chairman of the Committee, Chike Okafor, gave Adeyeye the charge yesterday, when she paid a courtesy call on the House Committee at the National Assembly.
The lawmaker also bemoaned the spate of drug abuse among youths, stating that substandard drugs had become commonplace.
Okafor, while calling for new ideas to tackle the menace, also asked the new DG to adopt measures that will make the agency proactive.
He promised the new DG the support of the House of Representatives in terms of financial appropriations.
Responding, the new DG, Professor Adeyeye, said NAFDAC, under her watch, will be re-energised to rid the country of fake and substandard drugs.
She, however, solicited the support of the National Assembly to upgrade the agency’s laboratories, staff training and operational preparedness to help reposition the agency.
Her words: “Thousands of Nigerians have died due to the consumption of fake drugs. This is why it is in my heart to reduce the sale of counterfeit drugs to the barest minimum.
“We want to make NAFDAC greater. We need a lot of resources to do this and this is where the House Healthcare Services Committee comes in.”