NAFDAC Destroys Fake Goods Worth N500 Million

TNAFDAChe Director General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, has commended drug traders at the Bridge Head market, Onitsha, Anambra state, for voluntarily regulating themselves against importation and distribution of fake drugs and substandard food products in the state.

Dr. Orhii said this during the destruction exercise of fake and substandard drugs with other food products worth about N500 million in Awka, Anambra state capital.

According to the NAFDAC Director General, some of the fake drugs destroyed were voluntarily surrendered by the Onitsha traders.

At ASWAMA dump site, Agu Awka, the venue for the destruction exercise, Dr. Orhii, was present with other officials and many high ranking officers of other security agencies in the state including the Police, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC and Civil Defense.

Dr Orhii said the support of the security agencies in the war against fake, substandard drugs and food products could not be overemphasized adding that NAFDAC would not renege in its war against fake drugs as they are battling the reintroduction of such products into the market on daily basis.

Dr. Paul commended the drug traders at the Bridge Head Market, Onitsha, on their resolve to voluntarily regulate themselves and monitor any incidence of fake drugs circulation among them in the market.

The Director General of NAFDAC added that the reason for burning the dangerous products is to ensure they do not go back into circulation in any way or form again.

NAFDAC Destroys Illicit Drugs Worth N50 Million In Kaduna

nafdacThe National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reiterated its commitment to ridding Nigeria of counterfeit and unwholesome drugs towards  ensuring  the protection of lives of the citizens.

This resolve was re-echoed on Tuesday by the agency, as it destroyed expired pharmaceutical products worth 50 Million Naira in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii restated that there would be no sacred cows in the fight against counterfeit drugs and substandard food  products.

Speaking after  setting the contraband products ablaze, Dr Orhii who was represented by the director, Special Duties in the agency, Abubakar Jimoh, said the agency was fully prepared to restore  sanity in the health sector and maintain zero tolerance in the fight against counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.

Though the various strategies employed by NAFDAC have resulted in seizures of smuggled containers of fake, substandard cosmetics and food products at the borders, Nigerians have also been advised to remain alert, to stop patronising street hawkers, whom they call merchants of death and to always check the labels of all consumables, which, when expired, can destroy the human organs.

According to the agency, statistics of counterfeit drugs have reduced from over 40 per cent in 2005 to 6.4 per cent in 2012, a feat that was achieved through collaboration with sister security agencies and the general public.

The agency also stated that it was making arrangements to regulate the manufacturing of orthodox medicines  to ensure that they do not constitute a threat to the health of Nigerians.

The Kaduna State commandant of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, appealed to Nigerians to join hands with the agency towards ridding the country of counterfeit and expired drugs, adding that his agency will continue to collaborate with NAFDAC and other security agencies in the fight against fake drugs in the country.

Peller Honoured With African Entertainment Personality Award

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Shina Peller (R), Alistar Soyode (L)

A popular club owner, Shina Peller, has been named African Entertainment Personality of the Year, at the recently concluded African Business Leadership Awards (ABLA) which held at the Le Meridian Hotel, Piccadilly London.

The African Business Leadership Awards was instituted to reward exceptional practices and outstanding achievers especially in Africa’s private sector.

Other recipients at the awards ceremony were: Dr Paul Orhii OON, Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Dupe Atoki– Director General, Consumer Protection Council and Engr. Oladele Amoda – MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

The ceremony was witnessed by various icons in the business community such as Alexandar Amosu, Mr & Mrs Abiola Peller, Captain Nasir M. Saulawa, Dr Paul Orhii (DG NAFDAC) and many of others.

Shina Peller joins past outstanding recipients of the African Leadership awards including, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone; H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia; H. E John Kufour former President of Ghana, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice president of Nigeria.

Alexander Amosu & Shina Peller
Alexander Amosu & Shina Peller


Shina Peller's award

NAFDAC Destroys Drugs Worth N139Million

The National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised the general public to stop patronizing hawkers of drugs on the streets and in buses saying these hawkers are merchants of death who pass on fake drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.

Director General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii said this in Abuja shortly before destroying fake, counterfeit, substandard, expired and other unwholesome regulated products.

Dr. Orhii stated that the proliferation of counterfeit and fake products has caused loss of confidence in the nation’s healthcare system, treatment failure, development of resistance, prolonged hospital admission and untimely death of some innocent persons.

He warned that there will be no sacred cows in the fight against counterfeiting of regulated products as the agency destroyed fake drugs worth N139 Million.