OrderPaperToday – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it is being audited by the World Health Organization (WHO) so Nigeria would be certified to commence the production of COVID-19 vaccines.
NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, said this on Wednesday when she appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations at the National Assembly.
The NAFDAC boss, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Fori Tatama, also informed the Committee that the agency supervises 165 pharmaceutical industries, over 45, 000 food manufacturing industries and over 5000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) industries across the country.
Tatama explained the absence of her boss, saying “she is currently discussing with the WHO, because the WHO is carrying out an audit of NAFDAC, which will enable the country to start manufacturing vaccines.”
Also at the session, which is the first by the Committee with concerned stakeholders, the Ministry of Labour and Employment called for the quick passage of the Operational Safety and Health Bill to ensure proper regulation of safety in work places across the country.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), also at the meeting, said most accidents in gas stations and filling stations happen where such stations are not licensed by it.
Head, Safety and Environment of the DPR, Adeniyi Balogun, said: “What we have observed is that most of those accidents happen in stations that are not licensed by DPR. That is a big challenge for us. When we license a company, we make sure that a rigorous process is done to make sure you are qualified to do that operation.
“But we are doing our best in collaborating with law enforcement agencies to make sure we dismantle any such stations not licensed. The effort is ongoing.”