The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the agency to return to the ports immediately .
The order came less than three weeks after the NAFDAC Director – General, Prof . Mojisola Adeyeye , partly ascribed the drug abuse among youths to the unlawful importation of certain banned substances .
The statement read in part, “NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant Ministries , Departments and Agencies and with the active support of the Office of the National Security Adviser , the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council , and the Ministry of Transport , has been returned to the seaports and borders to effectively control importation of unregulated products , falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods , narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods .
“NAFDAC received the notice on May 16 , 2018, in a letter dated March 29 , 2018 , from the office of the Vice -President , as part of the PEBEC reforms. ”
Adeyeye had said recently that thousands of Nigerians had died as a result of falsified and substandard medicines.
She had further stated that many were ill , most likely due to unwholesome foods , drugs and abuse of narcotics and controlled substances , such as codeine , tramadol and pentazocine .
“These are partly due to the exclusion of NAFDAC from our ports since 2011. The recent documentary on codeine abuse brought more attention to the issue ,” she had said .
The NAFDAC boss promised to work with the Nigeria Customs Service , the Nigerian Shippers ’ Council and other sister agencies in ensuring that foods , drugs, chemicals and other NAFDAC regulated products that pose danger to Nigerians were controlled at the point of entry .