Over the past few years, drug administration and control in Nigeria has been governed by legislation which has often fallen short with its provision for punishments aimed at deterring the unlawful use, manufacture and production of drugs in Nigeria.
The amendment of the Food, Drugs and Related Products Registration Act of NAFDAC by the Nigeria House of Representatives has begun.
The amendment would settle the long-debated provision of punishment as a deterrence and impose stiffer penalties for offences under the act as well as confer jurisdiction on state high courts to entertain cases.
It is expected that the proposed law would address many issues including the prevalence and abuse of such drugs as codeine and tramadol.
One interesting part of the amendment is the increment of the fine to be paid by any person convicted of an offence under the Act from fifty thousand naira (about $140) to five hundred thousand naira ($1,350).