From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The National Agency for Food Drugs and Control NAFDAC have reviewed the payment of registration fees by fifty percent (50%) as part of new measures to ease businesses in Nigeria.
The Acting Director General, Mr Ademola Mogbojuru disclosed the decision of the agency yesterday in Minna at NAFDAC Stakeholders Consultative Forum for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSE) in support of the Federal Government initiative on ease of doing businesses.
Mogbojuru hinted that, the free waivers on inspection, laboratory analysis and expert license granted to exporters of regulated products as well reduction in fees charged for registration of locally manufactured regulatory products.
He further said that, the agency has begun the listing of products for a period of two years renewable afterwards hence some minor and small businesses are to be registered at zonal levels to ease the bottleneck experienced in the past.
Represented by the Director Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, he said that the measures were aimed at promoting Small and Medium Enterprises and assist businesses to grow in the country.
He emphasized that the agency has keyed into the Federal Government’s change agenda as to assist in the diversification of Nigerian economy.
He warned the staff of the agency to avoid frustrating registration process by the clients hence the registration of packaged water has now been reviewed to 90 days while bakery now 30 days and called for the cooperation of all to succeed.
In his remark, the Niger state Coordinator of the Agency, Mr Isah Ibrahim stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to enable the issue of health safety to succeed.
He assured that he would operate an open door policy to achieve greater height.