MAN Accuses NAFDAC Of Killing Local Industries


The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has blamed the National Agency for  Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for the increase in foreign  products in the country.

Mr. Innocent Umoh, Vice President, MAN Group for Toiletries and Soaps, told the News  Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the trend had impacted negatively on  local industries.

Umoh said that the association’s investigations had revealed that most of the  foreign products in the Nigerian market were legally registered by NAFDAC.

He alleged that the situation was because of NAFDAC’s inability to determine which  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 Nigerian  market.

“Our investigation revealed that most of those products are not smuggled but  legally registered by NAFDAC,’’ he said.

According to him, the development negates the Federal Government’s resolve to  encourage local production.

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”Efforts to change Nigerians’ penchant for foreign products cannot be achieved with  the high level of foreign products in the Nigerian market,’’ he said.

Umoh said that the development had resulted in low capacity utilisation and high  inventories within the local industry.

He added that if not checked, it could result to more retrenchment and the closure  of more factories.

According to Umoh, NAFDAC indulges in registering the foreign products because of  the huge revenue this brings to the Agency and the Federal Government.

According to him, NAFDAC indulges such products because of the huge revenue the  registration brings to both the agency and the Federal Government.

“We learnt that the agency generates huge revenue from the exercise and it should  not be done to the detriment of the economy.

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