The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has received commendations from various heads of government agencies, for effectiveness of fighting counterfeit drugs through the various cutting edge technologies deployed.
A press statement issued by the Director, Special Duties, NAFDAC, Abubakar Jimoh, stated that the Director General, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, received the commendation from Director-General of NTA, Mr. Sola Omole, Director-General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi and the Chairman of SURE-P, Gen (Rtd.) Martin Luther Agwai, while on courtesy visit to the agencies to strengthen existing collaboration and explore new ways of partnership with NAFDAC.
The press statement quoted the DG NTA saying Orhii’s drive and passion has brought credit to NAFDAC and a lot of benefits to Nigeria, adding that NTA will continue to do its best to project the activities of the agency as no amount of support rendered to NAFDAC will be too much as the job the agency is doing to keep Nigeria healthy and alive is critically important.
The statement also quoted the DG NYSC saying Nigeria has benefitted from Orhii’s efforts to fight counterfeit drugs, adding that his agency is important in the fight against fake drugs because it is well spread across the country and has a pool of graduates in the scheme who every year could be deployed to serve as NAFDAC ambassadors in their various host communities.
The Chairman of SURE-P, Gen. Agwai, commended Orhii for his success in creating awareness about the menace of fake drugs and unwholesome food substances, adding that SURE-P will be exploring means of collaboration with NAFDAC so as to help sustain the fight against counterfeit drugs, a task he describes Orhii as doing for both the individual and collective security of Nigeria.
In his responses, the NAFDAC DG expressed his gratitude for the goodwill the agency has been receiving from Nigerians and the cooperation of other agencies as it works towards discharging its mandate of safeguarding the health of Nigerians.