The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) closed 27 water companies for failing to comply with quality assurance rules and regulations.
NAFDAC Director General Mojisola Adeyeye said the move was part of the agency’s efforts to maintain good hygiene in the packaged water industry.
This is what Ms Adeyeye said on Tuesday at the National Convention of the Association for Table Water Producers of Nigeria(ATWAP) in Abuja. She was represented by Jimoh Abubakar, Director of Public Affairs at NAFDAC.
“Between January and August this year, we closed 27 non-qualified packaged water industries, they were under sealed and they have been sealed up and they will have to comply with good manufacturing practices before they are reopened,” she said.
The event is themed; “Developing the packaged water industry as a catalyst for economic growth and a greener economy in Nigeria.
Adeyeye said the packaged water industry is a multi-billion dollar business that the agency takes seriously.
“Besides the economic benefits, the health benefits are enormous and, if you understand them properly, you will benefit greatly from NAFDAC’s contribution to a comprehensive health development system.
“That’s why NAFDAC ensures an absolute commitment to quality and standards,” she said.
She also said NAFDAC registered 2,153 new water plants in the country between January and August 2021.
“In the past, between January and August 2021, we registered more than 2,153 water production sites in Nigeria.
“We are here to partner with the industry and tell them that NAFDAC cannot do it alone, for them to help us to fish out the erring ones because they know the criminal elements in their midst and the illegal outfits that are operating.”
In her speech, ATWAP National President Clementina Clementina Ativie said that shamanism and illegal producers are one of the biggest challenges facing the water industry.
She pointed out that the poor supply of electricity in some parts of the country is also a challenge for the industry.
“Poor electricity supply, which makes us dependent on diesel generators with additional production costs, double taxes and overlapping functions of government agencies at all levels,” she said.
She said that despite all these challenges, the industry still insists on delivering results that benefit the Nigerian people.
Ms. Ativie stated that ATWAP members are more than 16,000 producers across the country.
He said each producer employs an average of 15 people directly and an additional 15 people indirectly.
“So we employ nearly one million, six hundred thousand people in the water production value chain, which includes distribution, retail and waste management.