NAFDAC to Register, Certify Premises of Chemical Manufacturers

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Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General

A statement released on Sunday, June 20, 2021 by the agency’s resident media consultant, Olusayo Akintola, stated that NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting with chemical manufacturers.

A statement released on Sunday, June 20, 2021 by the agency’s resident media consultant, Olusayo Akintola, stated that NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting with chemical manufacturers.

According to the statement, the meeting was aimed at sensitizing, enlightening, and creating awareness on the current trends in the regulation of the sector with emphasis on the need to be listed as a chemical manufacturer in Nigeria.

Adeyeye said in the statement that the current focus of NAFDAC management was to ensure the agency’s regulatory activities was in line with international best practices, adding that the chemical products manufactured in the country would also serve as a potent catalyst for industrial growth.

The NAFDAC boss noted that the Chemical Evaluation and Research Directorate has the mandate to safeguard public health by ensuring that only the right quality chemicals are manufactured, imported, exported, distributed, sold, and used in Nigeria.

Adeyeye disclosed that the directorate has put in place effective regulations and guidelines for sound chemical management in Nigeria.

She said that this was achieved by ensuring proper utilisation of chemicals in a manner that reduces risk to health and environment, and advocating for use of chemicals that are less harmful and hazardous.

The statement also quoted Adeyeye as saying that a portal has been created by NAFDAC for the registration of chemical products for effective quality control and strict adherence to international best practices.

She expressed the hope that chemical products manufactured in Nigeria would enjoy wider acceptability and high competitiveness with the NAFDAC registration identity.

She noted that penetrating the international market would trigger growth in the industry and create more employment opportunities thereby leading to further development of the real sector of the Nigerian economy.

“Chemicals no doubt play a pivotal role in the economic development of any country. Nigeria as an economy in transition has many needs of chemicals for her numerous industries. Some of these chemicals are now manufactured in the country and this creates an environment of heightened concern that NAFDAC is expected to play a leading role in strengthening chemical safety and security,” Adeyeye said in the statement.

She said the NAFDAC Act empowers the agency to undertake appropriate investigations into production premises and raw materials for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals.

“The Act also empowered the agency to establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certificates of the production sites and of the regulated products,” she said.

Adeyeye said that the law also compels all handlers of chemicals to adhere strictly to all the stipulated guidelines for sound chemical management in order to safeguard health and protect the environment.

She explained that listing of chemical manufacturers was initiated to address the existing gap in the regulation of the manufacture of chemicals in Nigeria, adding that those involved in the manufacture of specialty chemicals, laboratory chemicals, industrial chemicals, inks, paints, adhesives, wood preservatives, polishers, cleaning chemicals, agrochemicals, biocides, fertilizers and others also need to be listed.

The chief executive officers of chemical manufacturing companies among the over 94 stakeholders, including members of the Amalgamated Association of Chemical Marketers of Nigeria, who participated at the event, commended the ingenuity and courage of Adeyeye in creating the directorate dedicated to the regulation and control of the country’s chemical industry, the statement said.

The Managing Director of Brenntag Chemical Nigeria Limited, producers of liquid caustic soda, Pieter De Konnick, a Belgian, said the NAFDAC initiative would promote growth in the sector and bring it to limelight. “This is my eighth year in Nigeria; this is the best thing that has happened to me in this industry,” he said.

The statement also noted the commendation of Uzor Kalu, the Chief Executive Officer of Unikem Industries Limited, producers of Ethanol from cassava, and Paul Audu, Managing Director of Roychem Industries Limited.

They both said that the hitherto bottlenecks in procuring NAFDAC Import Permit has disappeared since Adeyeye became NAFDAC boss.

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