Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has disclosed that the agency has confiscated N27billion worth of counterfeit drugs and foods in the country in the last five years.
Orhii, who made this known in Makurdi, the Benue State capital at the weekend when he addressed over 250 undergraduates and beneficiaries of the Dr. Paul Orhii Scholarship Award Scheme for Benue indigenes, said NAFDAC had taken the fight against fakers of drugs and foods to a new dimension because those in the illicit trade were becoming daring and adventurous.
He said: “The people in this evil trade are worse than armed robbers and don’t deserve to live among sane humans because they lack values and have no respect for human lives.
“In spite of their ungodly activities, we have introduced several cutting edge technologies in our onslaught against the trade and today, we can proudly boast that over 80 million drugs users in Nigeria can authenticate the potency and genuineness of the drugs and foods they consume,” he said.
The NAFDAC boss, who cautioned the students against social vices, urged them to resist the temptation of being influenced by those he described as “masterminds of evil trade in the country”, explaining that he initiated the scholarship scheme to aid the students and their parents to defray the cost of acquiring university education.
“This award will undoubtedly help offset some of your expenses in school. My plea is that you all endeavour to study hard and be good citizens because it was through same effort that I am where I am today despite coming from one of the poorest families in my community,” Orhii further stated.
Earlier, Senate President of NANS, Comrade Royce Ochai, said Nigerian students were proud to identify with the philanthropy and achievements of Orhii since he took over the leadership of NAFDAC and urged other Nigerians to emulate him.