…Partners to Curb Tramadol Imports
National Agency for Food and Drugs Adminstration and Control (NAFDAC) has intercepted 21 containers of spoilt frozen fish at Tincan Island Port in Lagos.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Adeyeye urged the public to be vigilant and not to consume fish that would be harmful to them.
Similarly, the agency also seized four trucks of bottle water imported from China, adding that the water was concealed in hair attachment cartons.
According to her, other items seized are imported fruit juices labelled in Chinese language.
She added that the seizures were made recently at Seme border post in Lagos.
Adeyeye said NAFDAC would continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that no harmful food items, illicit or unregistered drugs or water among others found their way into the country. Meanwhile, NAFDAC has said it is collaborating with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) to curb the influx of Tramadol and other illicit drup imports into Nigeria. The Director in charge of seaports, NDLEA, Mrs Omolade Faboyede, said this when she led delegates from the agency to the headquarters of the council in Lagos on Thursday.
Faboyede said that the plan was to ensure a safer society stressing the need for all the stakeholders operating at the seaports to collaborate and stop the importation of illicit drugs into the country. According to her, the large amount of drugs that come through the nation’s seaports has undermined national security as well as negatively affected individuals, families, and communities.
“We had a meeting in India over the issue. We agreed there that have to follow the effect of Tramadol back to the manufacturers. “The milligrams of Tramadol allowed is between 50mg and 150mg per dosage, but what is being imported into the country is 225mg per dosage. “It is like a business now in Nigeria.
Faboyede said that recently there was a drink called Narcotics-tushy or Chapman popularly consumed by Nigerian youths. She said that this was usually the combination of Tramadol, Benylin, Codeine, Cannabis, Blackcurrant, Cucumber, and Ethanol.
She said that when the youth consumed this mixture, it used to ravage them daily. The NDLEA boss said that unfortunately, those youths consuming the substance were supposed to be among the future leaders of the nation.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, in his response, commended the team for deeming it fit to visit the council, which he said is the ports’ economic regulator.
Bello represented by the Director, Legal Services of the council, Mr. Samuel Vongtau, also commended the efforts of the NDLEA, especially, in the areas of arresting and prosecuting smugglers of drugs.
“Some of our youths are no longer productive; a lot of them have rendered themselves useless, and that is affecting the economy of the nation. “The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is ready to collaborate with you in the course of your operations at the ports.