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COVID-19: Why NAFDAC, SON Should Return To The Ports

 The question as to whether the Nigeria Food Drug Ad­ministration and Control (NAFDAC), and its sister agency, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), should return to the nation’s ports and borders has not only remained a hotly debated issue, but one requiring urgent at­tention by the constituted author­ities.

According to available informa­tion to DAILY INDEPENDENT, the sheer absence of these two bodies at the border posts as well as the ports may be responsible for the growing menace of illicit drugs and other substandard products flood­ing the country’s local markets and constituting economic sabotage

Worried by the brigandage of fakers and their accomplices, stake­holders like NAFDAC and SON, have continued to provide leader­ship as best they can, especially in the area of monitoring and supervi­sion of cargo processing at the land borders as well as the ports.

 

   
   

 

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But with a subsisting Executive Order by the Federal Government which in 2011, placed restrictions on the number of agencies required at the ports and the subsequent moratorium placed on NAFDAC and SON and six others like the NDLEA to leave the port environ­ment, have left the two demotivated by government’s fiat, the implica­tion of which continues to weigh in on their service delivery mandate.

As the arm of government vested the responsibility of making laws in the overall interest of the people, members of the House of Represen­tatives, had last December, constitut­ed the Conference Committee led by Hon. James Faleke and other five members to address the fallouts of the Federal Government decision banning some agencies from the port environment.

The appeal followed the adoption of a motion brought under urgent national importance by the Minori­ty Leader, Ndudi Elumelu at the ple­nary.

Among other things, he said that the exclusion of SON and NAFDAC from the list of agencies at all ports and borders was a clear signal for purveyors of substandard products and their collaborators that the road is wide open for nefarious and unpa­triotic activities.

“Since the expulsion of SON/ NAFDAC from all borders and ports, there has been unabated importa­tion of substandard products into the country by unpatriotic Nigeri­ans and this itself is one of the high­est forms of corruption and threat to National security”, he said.

He expressed concern that the ministerial directive expelling SON NAFDAC from all ports and borders was done without taking cognisance of the compelling need for SON to be at ports and borders in line with the requirement of the law.

The minority leader however, stressed that it was pertinent to note that those reasons are no lon­ger tenable as clearance of goods are now done electronically in sup­port of the diversification of the economy in line with the presiden­tial directive on the ease of doing business

Source : independent.ng

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