Nigerian Governor Pledges Support to NAFDAC’s Counterfeit Drug War

The governor of a state in Nigeria has expressed his support for the country's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control's (NAFDAC) fight against counterfeit drugs.

Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam said that counterfeit drugs are a major concern in the country, particularly in its rural areas, according to the Vanguard.

Suswam expressed his approval of NAFDAC's efforts to protect Nigerians from fake medicine and pledged a large plot of land in Beneu State for the agency to use to enhance its operations there.

The governor lauded the agency for being able to maintain an effective fight against counterfeit drugs that was not only multi-dimensional but well coordinated.

Additionally, Suswam said he would work to gain support for the war against fake drugs in the National Assembly, and fight to increase NAFDAC's funding.

According to the news source, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, was planning a visit to the state. In addition, Orhii said that NAFDAC's use of anti-counterfeiting technologies has helped to reduce the number of phony drugs in Nigeria.