Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency is currently being audited by the World Health Organisation in preparation for local production of the COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.
Adeyeye stated this in Abuja on Wednesday at the maiden interaction with stakeholders organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations .
She said the agency is supervising 165 pharmaceutical firms, over 45,000 food manufacturing companies and over 5,000 Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in the food and drug industries.
Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, NAFDAC, Fori Tatama, said the agency takes the issues of health, safety and environment seriously.
Speaking on why the DG could not come in person, Tatama said, “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. The programme started on Monday and will last till Friday.”
Also at the session, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity called for quick passage of the Operational Safety and Health Bill to ensure proper regulation of safety in work places across the country.
The ministry’s Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Lauretta Adogu, said, “The bill will seek to make comprehensive provision for operational health and safety in work and other matters. It will also seek to establish a national council for occupational safety and health.