By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor. (Mrs.) Mojisola Adeyeye on Tuesday asked all its stakeholders to adhere to the agency’s laws and regulations.
Professor Adeyeye made the call while speaking at a one-day interactive meeting with stakeholders from South West Zone on NAFDAC Regulated Products at House of Chiefs,Parliament Building, Secretariat,Ibadan,the Oyo State capital.
According to the NAFDAC DG, there will be no going back in the agency’s commitment to strengthen its regulatory framework to enhance the efficiency and improve its service delivery to all its stakeholders, adding that NAFDAC has a statutory responsibility to safeguard public health.
Emphasizing that NAFDAC had imbibed best international practices and aligned with global regulatory standards, the DG added that the agency is engaging with all stakeholders to ensure compliance with extant laws and regulations.
“We are appealing to the industry to support NAFDAC by adhering to the Agency’s laws and regulations. These are enforced to ensure that operations and activities are in line with NAFDAC’s extant laws and regulations. Self-audit and regular reviews of product information and labels are encouraged”, she said.
Professor Adeyeye said, “Companies should ensure that they remain a robust system,which allows for effective monitoring and control of their products that are already in trade. This is necessary for effective intervention in the event of unexpected product defects ,which may necessitate immediate product recall.”
She stressed further that NAFDAC was committed to growing local industries as well as support for foreign companies doing business in Nigeria, saying, “the responsibility of ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of regulated products does not lie solely with NAFDAC,but with all stakeholders”.
“In conclusion, the Agency wishes to increase collaboration with various stakeholders to ensure that the regulator, the regulated and other stakeholders are all on the same page,which is in line with global best practices. We are looking forward to improved consultations,robust interaction and dialogue with all stakeholders in the various sectors. The overall aim of this collaboration is for the Agency to act as a guide and partner rather than policing the regulated”.
Stakeholders and participants at the interactive meeting were drawn from food producers’ group, water producers’ group,pharmaceutical manufacturers’ group,master bakers’ group and traditional herbal medical practitioners’ group from the Southwestern states of Osun, Oyo, Ondo,Ekiti and Ogun.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan reiterated the commitment of the government to continue supporting the agency in any area while Mr. Ayankop Ayankop of the Directorate of Registration and Regulatory Affairs, took the audience through process of registration via the internet registration processes.