National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has been commended for its anti-graft fight.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, lauded the agency for taking its fight against corruption to the doorstep of pharmaceutical and food industries.
This was contained in a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday from NAFDAC headquarters in Abuja.
Chairman of ICPC, Barrister Ekpo Nta, who was represented by a Deputy Director in the commission, Mr. Akeemd Lawal, made the commendation at the flag-off of a three-day sensitisation workshop for NAFDAC staff in Enugu, organised by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU, of the agency.
Nta said NAFDAC as an anti-corruption compliant
agency has taken leadership through the instrument of ACTU
to strengthen its system and put in place workable
strategies that would prevent corruption within the system and has helped immensely in the successes recorded in the fight against counterfeit regulated products.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, said the agency introduced e-registration process through computerisation to allow clients initiate and monitor his or her application for product registration from the comfort
of their homes.
This has prevented the incidence of corruption hitherto associated with the process.
Speaking further, Jimoh hinted that other strategies adopted by the agency, especially the use of cutting-edge technologies such as TRUSCAN and Mobile Authentication Service, MAS, were deployed to check the incidence of counterfeit on-the-spot and prevent fraudulent practices.
He attributed the huge successes recorded by the agency, especially reduction of the prevalence of counterfeit and malarial drugs from 64 percent in 2005 to just 3.4 percent
in 2014 to the multi-layered and well coordinated strategies that are antithetical to corruption.

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