The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it will return to the ports and borders in order to stem the inflow of narcotics into the country.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the agency.
In the statement, NAFDAC DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency would collaborate with other relevant agencies and the office of the national security adviser.
She added that the decision is predicated on the recommendations contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Chemical Security Training Conference in Abuja last Friday.
“The conference held under the auspices of the ONSA, with the theme, ‘Towards a secure importation, distribution, storage and use of chemicals in Nigeria,” the release noted.
“They require some level of expertise to monitor their industry-wide application and use,” Adeyeye said of the need to oversee the inflow of chemical substances into the country.
She commended the Office of the NSA, the Chemical Society of Nigeria and other key stakeholders for recognising NAFDAC as a key player in the national security architecture by this singular act of restoring the presence of NAFDAC officials at all designated ports of entry and land borders.
She assured the public that NAFDAC would continue to contribute its quota to government’s efforts to secure lives and property “by ensuring that only quality, safe, efficacious and wholesome regulated products are consumed by Nigerians, while smuggling of chemical weapons, harmful drugs and substances into the country is checked.”