The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Tuesday, disclosed that it intercepted N8million worth of fake, unwholesome, counterfeit alcoholic and non-alcoholic wines from Lagos market.
In a press statement by the agency and a copy made available to LEADERSHIP, it said, the interceptions were done at the Apongbon market in Lagos.
According to the statement, many of the offending products were sold by merchants underneath the bridge and were mopped up by the enforcement officers and Federal Task Force (FTF) team of the agency.
The statement reads; “enforcement Officers of the NAFDAC and its FTF team earlier this week visited the popular Akpongbon market in Lagos as part of its effort to eradicate fake, unwholesome, and counterfeit alcoholic and non-alcoholic wines and drinks from circulation.
“Many of these offending products were sold by merchants underneath the bridge and were mopped up and include very popular brands of wines and spirits. During the mop-up operation, a transport vehicle containing an array of drinks including JAPATA (a herbal drink that failed laboratory tests) was found hidden in the vehicle.”
ing products were confiscated and evacuated.
“Attempts to apprehend the supplier of the Japata in the market proved abortive. However, the investigation is ongoing. The products mopped up from the market are valued at N8,000,000. NAFDAC is fully alive to her responsibilities of assuring the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of foods and other regulated products offered for sale to the public.
“Consumers are, hereby, advised to be vigilant and exercise discretion when making purchases, especially during this festive season, and report suspicious activities to the nearest NAFDAC office across the Federation.”Pantami said he is pleased with the collaboration between the Ministry and Huawei in fulfilling its MOU target in respect to upskilling Nigerians, while imploring the IT company to work harder for the implementation of the Digital Policy in Nigeria.
The managing director of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Michael Zhuang applauded the minister for his able support and leadership in the Digital Economy Sector of Nigeria.
“Thanks to the leadership and initiative of the Honorable Minister, Prof. Isi Ali Ibrahim (Patami), Nigerian students now have the opportunity to learn more and do more in both their academic career and ICT industry relevant knowledge. This partnership will afford the students the opportunity to achieve both academic and industry certification at the same time. Creating a pool of skilled Nigerians in ICT to build and manage the digital economy of the Nation,” Zhuang stated
Following the MOU signed with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and Huawei to train 30,000 Nigerian youths across the country by 2023, currently, over 8,300 Nigerian students have benefitted from the relevant skill acquisition training. So far, over 1,000 Nigerian Students trained by Huawei have been gainfully employed and equipped with Huawei Professional Certification exams.
The Grand Prize Winner for the Network Track, Ogum Confidence Tukwasi chukwuobu, from the University of Port Harcourt stated that the objective of participating in the competition was to gain proficiency and understanding in the network sector in order to break into the sector with ease.
“I want to say a big thank you to Huawei for the opportunity and I am committed to make the best out of it, I am giving this my all and I will make Huawei Nigeria proud,” Chukwuobu said