By Hassan Zaggi
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is currently putting finishing touches to ensure that it eliminates drug insecurity in Nigeria.
The Director General of the agency, Dr. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this at a media briefing to mark the 25th year anniversary of the agency in Abuja, yesterday.
She further disclosed that NAFDAC is laying a foundation that will enable it to exist for many decades to come without anybody having the capacity to destroy it.
The celebration, according to her, is to enable the agency “look back to see what we have learnt in the past 25 years.”
According to her “Dr. Akunyili carried the fight against substandard medicines on her head literarily, so that the country will not have substandard medicines.
“We have continued on that. What is more important for this 25 years is almost like closing the loop of legacy. We are setting a much stronger foundation for NAFDAC to exist for decades and decades to come so that it will take a genius to destroy NAFDAC.”
She further stressed that: “We are working towards ensuring that our manufacturers are able to sell their products globally. So, we are doing things that will position NAFDAC as an agency to be competitive globally.
“Our GDP when it comes to pharmaceutical manufacturing is low. Our goal is to improve the GDP.
“We are pursuing towards ensuring that we improve local manufacturing to make sure we don’t have drug insecurity. We are changing so many policies.”
Speaking on the improvement of service delivery processes rendered by the agency, the NAFDAC Director General said, “based on our current process, if you submit an application for food, by 90 days your application should get to the final stage and you will be notified whether it is approved or not, unless there is a problem in the middle. If it is drug, it is 120 days. We are not there yet, but we are 10 times better than where we were 9 months ago.
“We are putting in a foundation that others after me can build on which can benefit this country.
“We now are doing e-registration. We now have 200 companies that are signing on it already.
“Our laboratories are extremely important to what we are doing in NAFDAC. We use expensive equipment for this work. We are rebuilding our laboratories. This is because our labs had partially functioning, not fully installed and not working equipment. Now we are re-equipping our laboratories to make life easier for our laboratory workers for the benefit of Nigerians.”
The anniversary celebration was preceded by a health walk by workers of the agency.