Group writes NAFDAC, protests exclusion from meeting


Dayo Ojerinde

A group of water producers in Nigeria under the aegis of Guild of Water Purifiers and Researchers of Nigeria has written the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control asking why the group was excluded from a meeting conveyed by the body on matters affecting the production of water in the country.

The group, in a statement by its president and secretary, Bassey Christopher and Anrinle Ahmed, respectively, in Lagos condemned the alleged non-invitation of the association to the meeting last week.

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The statement maintained that a virtual meeting was conveyed on February 17, 2021, by the NAFDAC Director, Food Safety and Nutrition, Mr. Sheriff Olagunju and was presided over by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, where about 412 water producers were invited.

“We were surprised that our association, duly registered with NAFDAC, statutorily recognised approved body was not invited; we learnt that some decisions were taken at the said meeting, which didn’t augur well for the group.

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“We would be waiting for the subsequent meetings, where we shall be invited to lend our voice to the growth and further development, as far as sustained production of healthy portable water in Nigeria and indeed West Africa is concerned”, the statement partly read.

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