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NAFDAC seeks collaboration of law enforcement agencies against illegal drug hawking

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has sought the support of law enforcement agencies to curb the illegal hawking of drugs and the use of carbide to ripen fruits.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, made the call at the South East Zone Media Sensitisation on ‘Dangers of Drugs Hawking and Ripening of Fruits with Calcium Carbide’ on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra State.

Prof. Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director, Chemical and Evaluation Research by Dr Leonard Omokpariola, said drug hawkers constitute a serious threat to national security.

She noted that the ripening of fruits with carbides was another public health challenge as consumption of such fruits was dangerous to health.

“NAFDAC has noticed the dangerous practice of sale and consumption of fruits artificially ripened with calcium carbide as well as illegal hawking of drugs in the open market.

“There are concerns about the looming danger and health implications of these two nefarious activities by certain unpatriotic and unscrupulous citizens.

“The agency is taking stringent regulatory actions to stem these dangerous tides in the country and we cannot do it alone.

“We solicit the cooperation and support of all other law enforcement agencies, media and well-meaning Nigerians in riding the country of this harmful and shameful practice,” Adeyeye appealed.

She also warned that any illegal drug hawker arrested by NAFDAC would be prosecuted, and according to her, no offender will be spared from facing the full wrath of the law.

In his presentation, the NDLEA State Commander, Mr. Onyishi Ogbonna, Anambra, promised to support NAFDAC in the fight against drug hawking in the state and country.

“We heard that hawkers are also the major distributors and suppliers of narcotic medicines to criminal networks such as armed bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and armed robbers.

“We want to pledge our support to NAFDAC in this crusade to sanitise our society, ”he said.

In his remarks, the Director, Public Affairs, NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, said the media is an important tool in the campaign against the menace of drug hawking and ripening of fruits with carbides.

He said, “People die needlessly because of lack of knowledge and ignorance. We urge the media to join us in this crusade to educate Nigerians.

“It is a moral burden on all of us. We need to take the campaign to the nooks and crannies of the country to win the war against these two hydra-headed public health menaces.”

(NAN)

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