The National Agency For Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has been challenged to be bold and courageous in ridding the country of fake drugs and other adulterated products.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the charge in Government House Asaba when he received in audience the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Christiana Adeyeye.
Governor Okowa, represented by the State Deputy Governor Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, noted that the mandate of NAFDAC was crucial because it bordered on the lives of the people hence the need to brave all odds to achieve desired results.
He said the decision to have a regulation and enforcement centre of the agency in Asaba was timely judging from the fact that the challenge of fake drugs and adulterated products was rampant in the Eastern part of the country.
He advised the DG to route her request for land to the appropriate agency of government for consideration.
The Director General of NAFDAC Professor Christiana Adeyeye, said she was in Delta for the official launch of the enforcement centre in Asaba and to seek greater partnership with the state government.
Professor Adeyeye said her vision was to ensure that the NAFDAC was better managed, more customer focused, value reorientation driven and country dedicated.
She said the presence of the agency at the Ports had led to the seizure of fake products worth billions of naira and gave an assurance that now that Asaba had become the hub of enforcement it would minimize the influx of fake products into the zone.
The DG appealed for a wide expanse of land from the state government to build an office of international standard, emphasizing that the office would also house a warehouse for fake and adulterated drugs that would be seized from the zone.