The South East Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs Olajumoke Ojetokun, has unveiled plans by the agency to destroy confiscated poisonous and fake drugs in the zone.
She explained that all five states in the zone would be affected by the agency’s drive.
“We have applied for the destruction exercise because we have so many container loads of such drugs and our stores are filled.
“There are a lot of areas in the South East where we really need to do a lot of enforcement activities; examples are markets in Onitsha, Aba and Enugu,” Ojetokun said.
While speaking on the agency’s operations in the zone, the Director said, “We go for raids, we do surveillance and also get tip-off from people; without tip-off, it becomes difficult to catch traders involved in illegality because they have become smart by half.
“It may even be difficult to know fake products from the genuine ones, so we are collaborating with members of the public to unravel this.
“For instance in April, we got a tip-off that a particular company imported castor oil and is being faked and sold in this particular shop.
“So our officers went there and saw the real one, it was Castor oil but somewhere inside the shop they also saw the fake ones.
“We will intensify our efforts in this regards.”
On ways the agencies will go about the exercise, she said:
“NAFDAC is acquiring more facilities to ensure that the agency carries out its mandate and intensifies the drug abuse campaign in schools.
“We are helping ourselves by helping Nigerians; if Nigeria gets better we will all benefit.
“But we need to work harder, trusting that we will also have what we need to perform effectively.”
While stating that it was the agency’s goal to ensure that Nigerians were exposed to only quality food and drugs that were safe for consumption, she also raised alarm over the use of poisonous drugs by minors.