Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

FCCPC, NAFDAC CEOs discuss collaboration against counterfeiting, and adulteration of food and drugs

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye welcoming Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) to her office in Abuja for a closed-door meeting, aimed at exploring partnership for enhanced consumer protection

The Director General of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Babatunde Irukera and his counterpart at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Moji Adeyeye on Friday, February 23, 2018, agreed to collaborate to fight the menace of counterfeit and adulterated products in the country.

Both Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) had extensive discussions on a wide variety of national and citizens’ protection issues, when Irukera visited the NAFDAC DG, at the NAFDAC Headquarters in Abuja.

Amongst other key subjects, the CEOs discussed mutual collaboration for more robust protection in the food and drugs sector.

Also, they both underscored the urgent need for broad, focused and strategic intervention in the problem of product adulteration and counterfeiting.

In particular, Irukera and Adeyeye noted that this problem is a major threat to the key mandate of both organisations, because substandard goods not only violate statutory standards, but also endanger lives and erode consumer confidence.

A major outcome of the meeting was a mutual commitment to jointly deploy the assets and resources of their respective institutions to address this menace.

The meeting further identified other opportunities for cooperation and agreed that follow-up meetings and a structure for joint project execution, is in the best interest of consumers.

Speaking after the meeting, the DG of FCCPC thanked his counterpart in NAFDAC for her warm reception and readiness to partner, noting that the cooperative regulatory approach she has adopted and endorsed, exemplifies the best possible strategy to secure the nation in the food and drug sector.

Irukera expressed confidence that the resolutions reached at the meeting will go a long way in addressing questions of quality and standards in the industry, to the benefit of consumers.