The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated on Saturday that more than 70% of the food exported from Nigeria was turned down overseas.
Adeyeye said that the country and the exporters had lost a great deal of money as a result of the food’s rejection during the official launching of the new NAFDAC office building at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
But in an effort to solve the issue, she asked for cooperation at the ports between NAFDAC and other organizations.
Adeyere praised the partnership between the three government agencies, the police and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
“More than 70% of the products that leave our ports are rejected,” she claimed. “It is a double loss for the exporter and the nation given the money used to move such things out of the country.
“Let me emphasize the value of agency synergy. Many of the things that we have been able to achieve will not be possible without customs.
“Additionally, NAFDAC is limited in its ability to conduct investigations and execute laws without the help of the police.
“We have about 80 police officers working with us at NAFDAC. When we conduct raids or investigations, they are a huge assistance.”