National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reiterated its determination to control and monitor drug and food items in the country.
The agency’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Abubakar Jimoh, said this on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the agency remained committed to food monitoring, while ensuring that all food items contained the right minerals and fortified with vitamin A.
Jimoh listed food items containing vitamin A to include beverages, margarine, flour, sugar and salt iodisation, stressing that local salt mined in states such as Ebonyi, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa now contained iodine.
He said this was as a result of the intervention of the agency, noting that prior to now, salt mined in those states had no iodine.
According to him, NAFDAC does not only monitor counterfeit drugs, but dedicated to controlling contaminated foods too.
He said that the fight against counterfeit drugs often generated much publicity, stressing that was why people came with the notion that the agency was concentrating more on drugs than food.
Jimoh said that the agency had also embarked on aggressive campaign on hygienic water, particularly packaged water, classified under food.
He noted that “in the past, we talk of water borne diseases, but nobody is talking about cholera epidemic now because of effective regulation of packaged water by NAFDAC.
“These are proactive and preventive work that NAFDAC is doing to safeguard public health.
“When NAFDAC seizes contaminated food, it does not make news like drug.
“We have the Directorate of Food and applled Nutrition Department, which is doing a whole lot of work.”
The director said that in setting standards for food, the agency work closely with appropriate authorities to promote the export of the country’s agriculture products to have value addition.
Boris Johnson will take office on Wednesday as British prime minister and will unveil the names of the team he has tasked with delivering Brexit by the end of October, with or without a deal.
A record number of ethnic minority politicians are expected to serve as ministers including Priti Patel, the former aid minister who resigned in 2017 over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials, and employment minister Alok Sharma.
Oliver Dowden, once deputy chief-of-staff in David Cameron’s administration, former sports minister Tracey Crouch, junior finance minister Robert Jenrick and pro-Brexit lawmaker Rishi Sunak are also in line for promotion.
Interior minister Sajid Javid is widely tipped to stay in a top job and was spotted by British media flanking Johnson as he arrived before lawmakers following his victory.
There is talk that Johnson will appoint career diplomat David Frost as European Union sherpa and adviser on Europe.
“Boris will build a cabinet showcasing all the talents within the party that truly reflect modern Britain,” a source close to Johnson said.
Johnson enters Downing Street at one of the most perilous junctures in post-World War British history – the United Kingdom is divided over Brexit and weakened by a three-year political crisis since the Brexit referendum.
His pledge to energize the country and deliver Brexit – do or die – on Oct. 31, sets the United Kingdom up for a showdown with the EU and thrusts it toward a potential constitutional crisis, or election, at home.
“Like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity,” Johnson, 55, said on Tuesday after he was elected by Conservative Party members.
“We are going to energize the country. We are going to get Brexit done on Oct. 31 and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of can do.”
Wednesday will combine arcane British political choreography with the realpolitik of appointing a new government.
Prime Minister Theresa May will leave Downing Street after a three-year premiership that was mired by crises over Brexit. She will travel to Buckingham Palace to formally tender her resignation to Queen Elizabeth.
Johnson will then have an audience with the queen who will request he form an administration. His formal title will be “Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury”.
He will enter Downing Street in the afternoon and is expected to give a speech before appointing key members of the government – names that could give a hint of how he will handle Brexit, Britain’s most significant decision in decades.
But ‘Prime Minister Johnson’ – known for his ambition, mop of blonde hair, flowery oratory and a cursory command of detail – must solve a series of riddles if he is to succeed where May failed.
The 2016 Brexit referendum showed a United Kingdom divided about much more than the European Union, and has fuelled soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and modern Britishness.
The pound is weak, the economy at risk of recession, allies are in despair at the Brexit crisis and foes are testing Britain’s vulnerability.
His party has no majority in parliament, the Conservatives only govern with the support of 10 lawmakers from the Brexit-backing Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland.
Investors are braced to see who will be handed the top jobs such as finance minister, foreign secretary and Brexit minister.
Johnson has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU before Oct. 31 but if the bloc refuses, he has promised to leave without a deal on Halloween.
That, many investors warn, would send shock waves through the world economy and tip the world’s fifth largest economy into recession or even chaos.
Brexit without a divorce deal would roil financial markets and, some bankers warn, weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre.