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DIRECTOR-General of the National Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, says one of the challenges facing her organization is how to discourage Nigerians from using concentrated acid to settle quarrels.
MAKURDI— DIRECTOR-General of the National Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, says one of the challenges facing her organization is how to discourage Nigerians from using concentrated acid to settle quarrels.
The NAFADAC boss who stated this during the flag-off of the organization’s grassroots consumer education and sensitization programme at Aliade, headquarters of Gwer local government yesterday observed that no month passes without reports of people bathed with acid by their embattled ex-lovers or business associates.
She noted that the practice has been made easy because chemical marketers divert acid meant for industrial use, research and teaching to people that ordinarily should have no business with acid and advised Nigerians to raise alarm or report when they see neighbours carrying liquid in glass bottles, especially amber coloured ones because it is not likely to be water or kerosene. Akunyili enjoined Nigerians to see unscrupulous people who use acid to produce or refine hard drugs, produce explosives or bathe their enemies as enemies of the nation and announced that NAFDAC has strengthened its activities especially in the monitoring of the use of acids.
Akunyili who said she was born and brought up in Makurdi, commended Governor George Akume for embarking on the establishment of general hospitals in the 23 local governments of the state and turning the state capital into a modern town.
In his address at the occasion, Governor Akume who was represented by his deputy, Chief Ogiri Ajene, charged Professor Akunyili not to relent in the war against dealers in counterfeit and fake drugs who are always desperate to make money.
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