The House of Representatives has urged the executive arm of government to reconsider its decision restricting the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from all ports and borders as part of the strategy to effectively check influx of substandard goods into the country.
The agency has since November 2011 been withdrawn from all ports and borders on the order of the federal government.
The Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu Godwin (Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency) had in December 2019 introduced the matter and prayed the House to treat it as a matter of urgent national importance.
The House noted that since the expulsion of SON and NAFDAC from all borders and ports, there has been unabated importation of substandard products into the country by unpatriotic Nigerians and this itself is one of the highest form of corruption and threat to national security;
It added that the ministerial directives withdrawing SON and NAFDAC from all ports and borders was done without taking cognizance of the compelling need for the agencies to be at all ports and borders in line with the requirement of the law.