The National Food and Drug Administration and Control Agency (NAFDAC) closed 27 water companies for non-compliance with quality assurance rules and regulations.
NAFDAC chief executive Mojisola Adeyeye said the action was part of the agency’s efforts to maintain good hygiene in the packaged water industry.
Ms Adeyeye said this at the Nigeria Table Water Producers Association (ATWAP) national convention in Abuja on Tuesday. She was represented by the Director of Public Affairs of NAFDAC, Jimoh Abubakar.
“Between January and August of this year, we closed 27 packaged water industries that are not compliant, they are sealed, they have been sealed and they will have to comply with good manufacturing practices before reopening,” he said. she declared.
The event is thematic; “Developing a conditioned water industry as a catalyst for economic growth and a greener economy in Nigeria. “
Ms Adeyeye said the packaged water industry is a multibillion naira business that the agency takes seriously.
“Besides the economic benefits, the health benefits are overwhelming and when you get it right you would have gained a lot in terms of NAFDAC’s contribution to ensuring a comprehensive health care development system.
“This is why NAFDAC ensures that there is an absolute commitment to the issue of quality and standard,” she said.
She also said that NAFDAC registered 2,153 new water plants in the country between January and August 2021.
“In the recent past, between January and August 2021, we registered more than 2,153 water outlets in Nigeria.
“We are here to partner with the industry and tell them that NAFDAC cannot do it alone, to help us pick up the lost because they know the criminal elements among them and the illegal groups that operate.”
In her remarks, ATWAP National President Clementina Ativie said quacks and illegal producers are some of the main challenges facing the water industry.
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She noted that the poor electricity supply in some parts of the country is also a challenge for the industry.
“Poor electricity supply; forcing us to depend on diesel generators with additional production costs, multiple taxation and overlapping functions by government agencies at all levels, ”she said.
She said that despite all these challenges, the industry is still striving to give the people of Nigeria healthy results.
Ms. Ativie explained that ATWAP’s members number well over 16,000 producers nationwide.
She said each producer employs an average of 15 people directly and about 15 more indirectly.
“So we employ nearly one million six hundred thousand people along the entire water production value chain, which includes distribution, retail and waste management.
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