The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated 31 containers of Tramadol worth N1.3 trillion from entering Nigeria after intelligence was supplied to the agency.
The NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye reportedly said that about 24 suspects were apprehended after the interception.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the government was making efforts to encourage local pharmaceutical researches, particularly as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the prevention of these dangerous drugs from entering into the Nigerian markets would protect millions of youth from hazards of drug addiction which can pose threat to families, Nigerian workforce, and the security of the nation at large. Of course, this would have increased the number of casualties from insurgency, armed robbery, and other social vices which are known to be the aftermath effect of the use of illicit drugs.
Adeyeye reportedly said that “if a regulatory system is weak, the pharmaceutical industry will be weak. So, we are strengthening this as we speak. It is a compounded problem. I started with the personnel and then to the regulatory. The only thing the pharmaceutical companies do not import is water. The ingredients are not there and you cannot manufacture the ingredients – whether active or not active without support from the government,”.
NAFDAC in line with its mandate will work with all other relevant Agencies to ensure that Nigeria is not a market for unwholesome pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs