Export Council Seeks Review Of EU Ban On Nigeria’s Products

Agricultural products banOfficials of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council are looking at ways of reviewing the European Union’s ban of products from Nigeria.

Issues of poor packaging, non-adherence to food safety measures and non-compliance to administrative procedure had characterised ‎product export from Nigeria to countries in Europe.

The Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the ban, according to a report from the World Bank, could lead to a drop of over $6 billion exportable goods from developing countries by 2016.

Announcing the ban, the European Food Safety Authority said that the food substances were banned because they contained ‘a high level of unauthorised pesticide’.

The food items banned till 2016 include, beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil.

According to the EU, Nigeria’s beans was banned because it contained between 0.03mg per kg to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg.

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Paul Orhii, blamed exporters for the ban.

He said they had failed to comply with regulatory requirements for semi-processed and processed commodities.

NAFDAC Boss Says Allegation Of Abuse Of Office Is ‘Unsubstantial’

Paul-OrhiiThe Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, has described allegations against him as ‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless and Spurious’.

Mr Orhii was at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier on Monday for interrogation over the allegations of abuse of office and contract scam.

His invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

He was granted administrative bail, but he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious’

In reaction to claims that he was arrested, Mr Orhii in a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, denied being arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

EFCC Interrogates NAFDAC Boss Over Alleged Abuse Of Office

Paul-Orhii of NAFDAC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria on Monday invited the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, for interrogation over alleged abuse of office and contract scam.

Mr Orhii’s invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

A source at the EFCC said that Mr Orhii arrived at the Wuse Abuja headquarter of the agency earlier on Monday.

“Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious”

He has been granted administrative bail, as he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

In a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, Mr Orhii denied claims that he was arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

 

Proposed NAFDAC Bill Will Strengthen The Agency – Orhii

The proposed National Agency for Food and Drugs Control and Administration (NAFDAC) bill pending before the Federal Executive Council is seeking lifetime jail for drug counterfeiters.

On this episode of law weekly with Channels TV’s Shola Soyele, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii says a severe sentence, confiscation of assets and the provision of incentives for whistle blowers which are all provisions in the proposed act are geared at strengthening the activities of the agency in its quest to rid the country of fake and counterfeit drugs.