The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned against rampant cases of hawking drugs in the country by unauthorized persons.
Its director in Jigawa state, Mr Olaniran Olakunle, said it had become necessary to appealed to the traditional rulers to join the campaign against hawking of drugs in the country.
Olakunle, who stated this during a sensitisation campaign against drug hawking at Central Motor Park, Dutse, yesterday, explained that monarchs had a significant role to play because of their importance and their relationships with people.
“We are appealing to our traditional rulers to advice their subjects to desist from patronising drug hawkers,” he said, adding that hawking of drugs affected the efficacy of such drugs “because they are exposed to hot temperatures which make them to expire early and so it would be harmful when consumed.”
He noted that drug counterfeiters equally used hawkers to sell their bad products, regretting that despite the efforts of the agency to tackle the menace, drug hawkers were still being patronised in the rural areas.