Hard times await Importers of fake, substandard drugs


Importers of fake and substandard drugs into the country, would have it hot as efforts are been made to block all loop holes at the sea ports.

This development results from the inclusion of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to operate at the ports.

Mr. Ibrahim Nasiru, Principal Manager, Public Affairs of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), disclosed this in a statement which listed the eight approved agencies to operate at the ports including NDLEA.

The other agencies are the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria Police, Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Port Health.

While stating that the directive to include NDLEA was communicated to the Managing Director of the NPA through a memo by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nasiru added that the memo also indicated that a methodology which would ensure that only relevant cargoes were inspected by the NDLEA would be worked out.

However, NPA reminded that the 2011 Presidential Directive to reduce agencies operating at the ports to eight still subsists, as those not mentioned in the list would remain outside the port premises.

To this end, NPA said it remains committed to the course of the present administration to ease of doing business in the country, and also committed to the implementation of the Executive Orders recently issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The authority went further to request for the support of all agencies and stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector in actualising the noble goal of making Nigeria a destination of choice for all legitimate businesses.