The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged Nigerians not to patronise consultants and middlemen for the registration of their products and other services.
The new Zonal Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Fori Tatama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu that the agency has not appointed any intermediary to work on its behalf.
Tatama said the agency abhorred touts, who claimed to be working for the organisation, warning that such persons, when caught, would face the wrath of the law.
“We are calling on Nigerians to deal directly with NAFDAC officials within its various state offices to avoid being swindled.
“The agency does not operate through any consultant, middleman or tout for its services, operations and enforcement.
“Our officials and members of staff will dutifully and courteously attend to you promptly in our offices,’’ he said.
Tatama said that the agency had been in the forefront of promoting the Federal Government’s directive on Ease-of-Doing-Business.
He said that the agency had repositioned itself to encourage new entrepreneurs in food, drugs and cosmetic products in the country.
“So, the agency and its workers are willing and ready to put new enterprise and business start-ups of NAFDAC regulated products through their registration.
“We will also give expert advice and co-operate with the entrepreneur to see that the registration process is done without impeding the start-up or growth of new business,’’ he said.