As part of efforts to curb the menace of drug abuse in the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has confiscated and destroyed illegally imported tramadol, codeine and other counterfeit medicines worth over three point five billion naira in Ogun State.
A team of NAFDAC officials including the wife of the Ogun State governor, Dr. Olufunso Amosun, carried out the destruction of the banned products and other counterfeit medicine at Oke-Diya Dumpsite in Shagamu area of Ogun State.
Addressing Journalists after the exercise, the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye, stated that the abuse of tramadol and codein by Nigerian youths has ruined the lives of many promising future leaders, hence the need for the agency to take drastic steps in curbing the trend of drug abuse in the country.
Prof. Adeyeye who commended the Ogun State Government and Custom officials for their support, explained that thirteen containers of banned medicine and unregistered Diclofenac tablets were also destroyed.
Prof. Adeyeye therefore urged the National Assembly to be proactive in the amendment of drug counterfeiting related laws, in order to have concrete punishment against counterfeiters and importers of illegal drugs.
In a remark, the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Dr. Olufunso Amosun said government would continue to support relevant agencies in achieving a drug abuse free society.
She called on parents to live up to their responsibilities in monitoring the activities of their children in order to save them from peer group influences.