2nd November, 2010
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has blamed the National Agency forÂ Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for the increase in foreignÂ products in the country.
Mr. Innocent Umoh, Vice President, MAN Group for Toiletries and Soaps, told the NewsÂ Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the trend had impacted negatively onÂ local industries.
Umoh said that the associationâ€™s investigations had revealed that most of theÂ foreign products in the Nigerian market were legally registered by NAFDAC.
He alleged that the situation was because of NAFDACâ€™s inability to determine whichÂ goods to register as it was not carrying other stakeholders along in its activities.
“We are surprised at the sudden influx of many foreign goods into the NigerianÂ market.
“Our investigation revealed that most of those products are not smuggled butÂ legally registered by NAFDAC,â€™â€™ he said.
According to him, the development negates the Federal Governmentâ€™s resolve toÂ encourage local production.
”Efforts to change Nigeriansâ€™ penchant for foreign products cannot be achieved withÂ the high level of foreign products in the Nigerian market,â€™â€™ he said.
Umoh said that the development had resulted in low capacity utilisation and highÂ inventories within the local industry.
He added that if not checked, it could result to more retrenchment and the closureÂ of more factories.
According to Umoh, NAFDAC indulges in registering the foreign products because ofÂ the huge revenue this brings to the Agency and the Federal Government.
According to him, NAFDAC indulges such products because of the huge revenue theÂ registration brings to both the agency and the Federal Government.
“We learnt that the agency generates huge revenue from the exercise and it shouldÂ not be done to the detriment of the economy.