The Acting Director General, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) Ademola Mogbojuri has disclosed that the agency has put in place measures that will assist in the ease of doing business in the country.
Mr Mogbojuri was speaking at the interactive forum with NAFDAC stakeholders in Kaduna State where several issues affecting the cordial relationships between the agency and relevant stakeholders were addressed.
According to him, NAFDAC wants to unbundle the issue of registration and make it easier for those that wants to register. NAFDAC also wants to promote the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“SMEs is the pivot of the economy of the country, that is why President Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Yemi Osinbajo are working to promote MSMEs messages in the country.
Represented by the Director Special duties in the Agency, Abubakar Jimoh, NAFDAC said it has “reduced registration tariffs up to to 50 percent across all boards for MSME’s alone. Like registration of sachet water tariff’ was N31,000 and now N15,500. So you can relate that with other products.”
He said the “agency has reduced the time line for registration to a maximum of 90 days.
We are saying, do the right thing by playing your own part and with proper documentation it will take one month to get it done.
“The federal government through the office of the vice president who is driving the MSME’S project has given us the challenge to reduce time line further to 60 days and that is a matching order which we had to meet.
“With the cooperation of other top management level to bring in other measures to meet up to the timeline and even further reduction of the time.
“We have decided to Unbundled the registration process and decentralized the registration as it will now be done at the zonal offices across the six Geo political zones.
” We are saying henceforth for renewal of registered products powers have been seeded to zonal to renew for our stakeholders.”
In his opening remarks, the Kaduna State coordinator of NAFDAC, Nantim Dadi, said the Interaction with stakeholders is to find out some of the challenges and see how it can be solved, so that we can be more efficiently and grow together and be able to move to the next level.
“We want the stakeholders to talk to us to enable us all work from where we are to the next level.
“The new DG want to make things easier about how we do our business with all those that do Business with NAFDAC.
“Medicine detergent, chemicals, package water. All those that produce, store and sell these products and more are stakeholders of NAFDAC.” he said.
Speaking at the gathering Kaduna State Commissioner of Agriculture and forestry, Kabir Mato represented by Mustapha Tukur, said the importance of NAFDAC cannot be over emphasized, saying an agency that validates consumables is critical to the survival of the country.