The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has insisted that it will implement its new policy to ban access to the insecticide, Sniper, in the open market.
Abubakar Jimoh, NAFDAC Director of Public Affairs, reiterated the agency’s plan of action in an interview on Monday.
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Jimoh explained that the agency had published how it intends to achieve a planned phase-out of the insecticide from the open market.
He said: “We have posted some of the policy measures on our website; we are going by the Mathematics sequence to do what we set out to do as a regulatory agency.
“NAFDAC has just finished the first sensitisation campaign about this. It was held in Kano and it will be taken round the six geo-political zones.
“We are partnering Crop Life International, an international Non-Governmental Organisation that is equally concerned about this problem of Sniper.”
According to the NAFDAC spokesperson, the agency remains committed to ensuring that sniper is taken out from the open market and left in the hands of those who used it for business purposes, especially those in the agricultural sector.
He added that the product would also be left in the hands of those who were licensed to bring it into the country.
The Ministry of Health and NAFDAC announced a phased ban on Sniper after it was reported to be the means in aiding some Nigerians to commit suicide.
The ban is expected to commence on September 1, 2019.