…As NAFDAC tests products at Fair
BY CHARLES NWAOGUJI AND STEVE AGBOTA
Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Mr. Michael Olawale, has said that over 1600 exhibitors from within and outside the country are participating at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF).
Olawale who disclosed this at a press conference on the progress of the fair so far, said that foreign exhibitors on ground include companies from Japan, Egypt, Taiwan, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, China and Cameroon. Others are from the European Union, Ghana and the Republic of Benin.
According to him, despite the fear of Ebola, some foreign exhibitors are at the fair participating. “Nigeria has been officially declared free of Ebola and the countries at the fair know that the country is safe enough for their presence.”
He added: “In our country, we have done our best to manage Ebola and to avoid any disease because it has great impact on our economy.”
Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has deployed its cutting edge technology (Truscan equipment, SMS message mini lab.) to test products at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair.
Director General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii, said this became necessary to instantly determine the status of regulated products being exhibited at the fair.
Orhii stated that the presence of the agency would impact on the general fair activities particularly the members of the public who will be accessing the various exhibition stands to shop for their families, adding that NAFDAC participation will create avenue for value exchange in terms of feedback and interaction with manufacturers and marketers of regulated products.
He noted that the fair has provided platform to further advance course of fighting fake regulated products and entrenching the culture of product whoolesomeness in the country.
Source : SunOnline