The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has showed readiness to promote quality products in the Nigeria chemical industry for both domestic use and export.
The NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye in a statement disclosed that the agency is set to commence registration and certification of premises used for chemical production.
Adeyeye noting the increased use of chemical across the country, said it has led to hike in local production which when given the needed attention would enhance foreign exchange earnings for the nation.
“Chemicals no doubt play a pivotal role in the economic development of any country, Nigeria as an economy in transition has many needs of chemicals for her numerous industries.
“Some of these chemicals are now manufactured in the country and this creates an environment of heightened concern that NAFDAC is expected to play a leading role in strengthening chemical safety and security.
“The NAFDAC Act empowers the agency to undertake appropriate investigations into production premises and raw materials for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals.
“The Act also empowered the agency to establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certificates of the production sites and of the regulated products,” she said.
Adeyeye who said that the product could serve as a potent catalyst for industrial growth, urged chemical manufacturers to explore the international market with chemical products to enhance the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
She stressed on the need for manufacturers of specialty chemicals, laboratory chemicals, industrial chemicals, inks, paints, adhesives, wood preservatives, polishers, cleaning chemicals, agrochemicals, biocides, fertilizers and others also need to be listed.
This, according to her, would help address the gaps in the regulation of the manufacture of chemicals in Nigeria.