The National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has destroyed expired drugs, food, drinks and cosmetics worth N21 million in Nasarawa State.

The Acting NAFDAC Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, disclosed this on Thursday, November 24, during the destruction in Lafia.

Oni represented by Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, Director, Special Duties, said that the periodic destruction exercise was one of NAFDAC’s strategies to prevent the circulation of fake, counterfeit medicines and unwholesome products in the country.

She said that some of the products earmarked for destruction were voluntarily handed over to NAFDAC by various governmental and non-governmental organisations while others were mopped up from the open market via enforcement activities and NAFDAC Surveillance Systems.

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According to her, fake  and counterfeit medicines and other regulated products and drugs worth 30 million were destroyed in the state in 2014.

"We are happy that this figure is down to N21 million in 2016. This is an indication of NAFDAC’s strengthened enforcement and surveillance systems.

"We are optimistic that in the near future, we would have nothing or little to destroy as we work towards ensuring availability of good quality, efficacious, safe and affordable medicines and wholesome regulated products for the Nigerian populace."

She, however, expressed regret that counterfeiters continued to adopt different strategies to evade arrest and enjoy proceeds of their corrupt practices in spite of NAFDAC’s laudable efforts.

"In keeping with the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari, NAFDAC will continue to deploy all strategies to ensure that violators are not only arrested but also face the full wrath of the law."

She appealed to the state government to put in place NAFDAC Small Business Support Desks in local government areas across the state to help young entrepreneurs interested in food and drugs, among others, to get started.