NAFDAC destroys fake drugs worth N598m in Nasarawa The Informant247

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Friday, destroyed expired and fake drugs worth N50 million in Sokoto State.

The Informant247 gathered that the items were burnt at Kwannawa dump site near old Post Office in Dange-Shuni Local Government Area of the state.

The NAFDAC State Coordinator, Mr Adamu Garba, said the exercise was part of routine efforts by the agency to sanitise the country of counterfeits, expired and other unregulated products from circulation.

He said, “The products being destroyed today are made up of fake/counterfeit drugs, substandard and expired food products, cosmetics and regulated products seized by NAFDAC while some surrendered voluntarily by shop owners.

“This exercise is in public private partnership with drugs sellers, union members as about 80 per cent of destroyed products were voluntarily surrendered by them.’’

Garba explained that the quantum of products being destroyed was a pointer to the fact that the agency is working hard to ensure the safety of the health of Nigerians.

The state coordinator commended the stakeholders and security agents for their support and assured that the agency would continue to enforce sanctions where there were violations.

He noted that the agency had embarked on statewide awareness on activities of fake, expired products and urged vendors, producers and consumers to adhere to stipulated regulations.

The exercise was attended by NAFDAC Governing Board member, Alhaji Tukur Sarkin Fada Tambuwal and Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, Director, Reaserch and Statistics, Sokoto State Ministry of Environment.

Others are Alhaji Nasiru Abdu from Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the representative of medicine vendors, Mr Ogbu Batholomew.

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