In Awka, the capital of Anambra State, the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration, and Control destroyed false, substandard goods and items valued over N4.2 billion.
Speaking during the destruction of the Aswama Dumpsite in Umuzocha (near the Anambra State secretariat complex) on Friday, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, said the exercise was in line with the agency’s mandate of removing fake and other spurious NAFDAC-regulated products from circulation in Nigeria.
Adeyeye, who was represented at the ceremony by the agency’s Task Force team Head, Francis Ononiwu, explained that the exercise was a combined South-East and South-South zonal demolition that was carried out on a regular basis.
According to the agency, the products were made up of “spurious, counterfeited, substandard and falsified medicinal products, unwholesome processed food products and several other unsafe regulated products seized from various manufacturers, importers, and distributors in the combined team of South-East and South-South zones”.
Antibiotics, antihypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-asthmatic, aphrodisiacs, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, herbal medicines, and psychotropic pharmaceuticals are among the goods available.
Others included analgin, tramadol (above 100mg), gentamycin 280mg, and controlled substances, such as vaccinations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, chemicals, and unwholesome food.