NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has at a one-day South-East Stakeholders’ Sensitization on Registration and Guidelines for Export Trade held in Enugu, counselled export stakeholders to endeavor to seek proper registration of their products to prevent their rejection.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, represented by the Director, South-East Zonal Office of the agency, Mrs. Olajumoke Ojetokun, said that NAFDAC offices are open for free counselling and guidance to help exporters get it right.
She admonished exporters to make use of the agency’s websites to access up-to-date information in order to avoid all the barriers to export.
Adeyeye informed that the seminar was in line with the Federal Government’s policy on diversifying the economy through the non-oil export and the Presidential Enabling Business Executive Council policy initiative.
The Enugu State Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Collins Ogedegbe, remarked in his paper on the “Importance of Product Registration with NAFDAC to boost export trade” that there was need to check foreign rejection of export-bound products, especially by European countries.
He said the programme was designed to strengthen the federal government’s Ease of Doing Business initiative and diversification of the non-oil export sector as well as increase local productivity and foreign exchange earnings.
He said that a synergy by exporters with NAFDAC on due registration, laboratory testing and certification would help the federal government achieve its target of zero-rejection of all exported products from the country.
Ogedegbe regretted that some Europe-bound exports were recently rejected due to contaminants and lack of NAFDAC registration and certification.
He listed the affected products to include ginger powder which was rejected due to aflatoxin detection and sesame seed that was rejected due to salmonella contamination.
Others were adulterated palm oil with illegal color, aflatoxin contaminated groundnuts and cashewnuts, melon seed and dried fish with no health certificate.
Mr. Friday Anike, one of the participants at the workshop, thanked NAFDAC for the enlightenment and support for exporters to succeed through timely information and proper guidance.