Prof Adeyeye Unfolds 2nd Term Agenda, Vows More Transformative Initiatives For NAFDAC

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By Biola Lawal

Abuja:.  The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has  Unfolded her  second term Agenda, vowing more Transformative Initiatives For NAFDAC.

In a speech titled – Second term resumption speech, continuation of transformative leadership of NAFDAC, Prof. Adeyeyel expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity given her to serve as DG NAFDAC.



(An Agency Strictly Guided by International Standards)

Doing the right things makes a nation great or, simply stated, Righteousness exalts a nation. On the contrary, not doing the right things brings setbacks.

I would like to thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for my reappointment for a second term as Director General of NAFDAC. I am immensely grateful for the Presidency and the efforts made to ensure that I got the second term.

In the process of the renewal of the term, I have discovered senior Nigerians from different parts of the country that love the country with passion and who worked very hard to ensure that the transformative leadership that started in NAFDAC on November 30, 2017, is sustained.

I am eternally grateful to my living mentor who has believed in me before I joined NAFDAC.

He visited me in my university in the USA more than 15 years ago and saw what I was doing in building of quality into medicine development and training of students for such purpose could benefit Nigeria.

I am indeed grateful to the National Assembly, The Leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC Council, Sister Agencies with which we collaborate and other Stakeholders.

My first tenure wouldnt have been successful without the dedicated NAFDAC staff who placed the Agency and the country first, above themselves, and worked hard for the international recognition that NAFDAC now enjoys in both food and drug administration, and control.

I appreciate them very much.

My appreciation also goes to African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) of African Union Development-Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development or AUDA-NEPAD (whose Steering Committee I chaired for almost five years) and WAHO/ECOWAS-MRH for their understanding during the wait for the second term.

I am also grateful to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria that had been in the tunnel with me since 2017, and especially over the last few weeks in ensuring that the industry is strengthened and becomes competitive globally. NAFDAC (as Maturity Level 3 regulatory agency) is now guided by international standards to ensure that the regulated products are of quality, safe and efficacious, thus safeguarding the health of consumers.

Our activities are global, and our regulated products are traded on an international platform, thus underscoring the need for use of international standards.

That brings up our international partners who since 2017 have worked very closely with NAFDAC to ensure that the Agency is strengthened and becomes recognized as an international player in the global arena.

I am very grateful for their support and waiting during the last six weeks before the announcement of my reappointment.

These partners include AUDA-NEPAD, WHO, World Bank, Global Fund, USAID, UNICEF, FAO, and Codex Alimentarius; IAEA, GAIN, Alive & Thrive, International Coalition of Medicine Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA), International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), and Organisation For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

LOOKING BACK 2017-2022

Upon my assumption of duty on November 30, 2017, I listed the following cardinal points as the goals to be achieved:

Maintaining a well disciplined and motivated workforce
Working towards eliminating substandard and falsified medicines (SFs), unsafe or illicit drugs, unwholesome foods, chemicals and other products

Aligning NAFDAC with international standards in food, drugs and other regulated products regulation
Reconstruction of NAFDAC web presence and streamlining the submission and approval of dossiers for registration of drugs, food, and water.
Working towards eliminating overlaps among sister agencies, such as FCCPC, SON, NESREA, NAQS and PCN
Engagement of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
Providing much needed Transportation and logistics to inspection sites as part of concerted efforts to strengthen our enforcement activities.
I thank God that all these and much more have been achieved as stated below.

For these, I wish to thank again His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and his Advisers for the wisdom in appointing me as the Director General of NAFDAC in the first instance.

You may please recall; I met an Agency with glaring symptoms of sundry administrative and procedural lapses such as shown below.
A huge debt of 3.2 billion naira,
Dismally low Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) of 700 million naira and a collection of 7 billion naira as user fees. Furthermore, adherence to Budget was most irregular or absent altogether.
Essential physical facilities and laboratory infrastructures had fallen into terrible states of disrepair. Indeed, some NAFDAC laboratories were almost non-functional
No Scheme or Condition of Service, and payment of staff allowances was very irregular.
The skewness of nominal roll revealed a disregard for the requirements for Federal Character.
No Post-marketing Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Surveillance

It is with gratitude to God, and for the immeasurable support of President Muhammadu Buhari that I report that most of these problems were assiduously confronted and solved as listed below.:


Capitalized on competence-based HUMAN CAPITAL
3.02 billion naira inherited debt was paid off within my first year in office. The sum of about 180 million naira were discovered to be fictitious
Better financial management. The IGR have tripled to 2.5 billion naira. User fees have more than doubled to 15 billion naira.
2019-Date: International Partners funding (Cash and Technical Support) received – amounted to $3,927,186.00. These funds are currently being utilized for specified purposes.
NAFDAC was reorganized and more directorates created (from 13 to 27) for effective management
Established a continuous training culture in customer-centric Quality Management System (QMS) for all NAFDAC mandates
Accreditation on QMS (ISO 8001-2015) in 2019 and yearly re-accreditation since that time
More motivated staff through trainings and better emoluments
The better financial management enabled improvement of infrastructures and building of State offices and laboratories:
Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Ogun, Kwara, Osun and Ebonyi; plus, Ports Inspection Directorate Airport NAHCO Office and Yaba Drug Laboratory are completed or near completion respectively to meet WHO specifications.
Over 140 New Utility Vehicles were procured for Inspection and other activities.
Over 5 billion naira worth of laboratory equipment.
Scheme and Condition of Service were instituted for the first time in the history of the Agency – currently awaiting approval by The Head of Service.
Lopsidedness in hiring of new staff was remedied FCC Compliance Certificate on File.
Established palpable and sustained collaborations with sister agencies (e.g., PCN, NHREC, NCDC, NPHCDA, FCCPC, SON, etc.), with some supported with Memorandum of Understanding
Aligning NAFDAC with international standards in food, drugs and other regulated products regulation
Re-accreditation (ISO 17025-2017) of four laboratories since 2018, and accreditation and continual re-accreditation (ISO 17025-2017) of Biologics/Vaccines laboratories in 2019
All the above are part of WHO Requirements for Maturity Level 3 that were met

Public Communications
Basis for Global Benchmarking (Information shared with WHO via SharePoint)
Most information can be obtained from the website
Open communication with staff and Union
Digitalization of regulatory processes
Procurement and Finance/Account/Human Resources becoming more transparent through SAP platform
Open communication with international partners
Continuous improvement


Scheduled stakeholders awareness meeting for different sectors (Examples)
NAFDAC-MAN (Manufacturers Association of Nigeria) Quarterly Interactive Dialogue
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of MAN engendered better understanding
Association of Food, Beverage & Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) for control of consumption of alcohol among children
National Association of Supermarket Operators of Nigeria (NASON) for tariff reduction and other pending issues
Small and Medium Enterprises Development (SMEDAN) encouraging small businesses in registration facilitation using the online NAPAMS platform
Association of Table Water Association. Master Bakers Association, Patent & Proprietary Medicine Vendors Association for self-regulation aside from NAFDAC regulation, and for market collaboration
Chemical Stakeholders proper handling, storage and moving of certain chemicals
Food Manufacturers Association on hygienic and safe handling of foods in restaurant or other facilities
Agro-Allied Sectors on Use of Pesticides
Herbal Medicines Product Committee of Practitioners and Researchers
Micro Small Medium Size Enterprises (MSMEs)
TV Media weekly show on NAFDAC and Your Health (NTA&TVC)
NAFDAC and Your Health (NTA&TVC) Radio weekly program on FRCN in English, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa
Inter-Agency Meetings to Foster Quality of Product-driven Exportation of NAFDAC Regulated Products
Social Media coverage of NAFDAC Activities (Moved Desk to DGs Office in October 2022 for better management)
Quarterly Media Parley
News from the Zones and States




NAFDAC Regulations
Gazetted twenty-eight regulations for food, drug, and Cosmetics (Part of WHO GBT ML3 Regulatory System)
More regulations on Foods, Drugs, Vaccines, and Traceability in the pipeline for gazetting
National Assembly Member-Sponsored Amendment of NAFDAC CAP N1 and C34 Bill
Developed Traceability of the Supply Chain Regulation in process for gazetting
Developed Vaccine Lot Release Regulation in process for gazetting

Information and Communication Technology (IMPACTED ALL WHO GBT FUNCTIONS)

Reconstruction of NAFDAC web presence and digitalization of many regulatory activities such as:
E-Registration using NAFDAC Automated Product Administration and Monitoring System (NAPAMS) -WHO Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) – MARKET AUTHORIZATION
Single Portal Window for Ports Inspection, E-Clinical Trial Application WHO GBT Clinical Trials
Ports Inspection Data Capture and Risk Management System (PIDCARMS). (WHO GBT MARKET CONTROL)
E-database for registered drug products Green Book
E-portal for dossier submission and review App to be launched in Q1 2023

Training of Staff (Continuous and Agency-wide) WHO GBT Regulatory System Function

Dedicated budget for staff training
Technical areas such as Common Technical Document Formatting, Good Manufacturing Practices (Food, Chemical and Drugs), Good Clinical Practice, Good Distribution Practice,
Leadership and Anti-corruption
Emotional Intelligence
Knowledge Management

Substandard and Falsified (SFs), Counterfeit Medicines, Narcotics & Unwholesome Foods through different means and continual regulatory efforts such as listed below. WHO GBT VIGILANCE, (VT) MARKET CONTROL (MC)

Restoration of NAFDACs presence at the ports was restored in 2018 after absence since 2011
Tighter pre-shipment testing and control through Clean Report and Inspection Analysis (CRIA) in India & China since 2019
Instituted Good Distribution Practices Inspection for the first time since the 1993 as part of supply chain monitoring and mitigating SFs
Good Manufacturing Practices Road Map that involved 165 companies and resulted in risk-based categorization and monitoring of GMP Compliance
Instituted in 2021 for the first time in the Agency history, Good Distribution Practice Post-Market Inspection
Inspected over 550 distribution sites to ensure quality of that medical products
Blacklisting of erring companies
Public enlightenments
Provision for on-the-spot detection of SFs using detection devices
increased enforcement activities.
Creation of the Traceability (Track and Trace) system that has been successfully used for the distribution and tracking of COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic.

Strict testing of Covid-19 vaccines and Issuance of over 120 Lot Release Certificates
First African Regulatory Agency to develop Guidance on Regulatory Preparedness for Licensing and Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines
Developed Guidance to Sponsors of Clinical Trials in Nigeria Including COVID-19 Related Trials
Testing and issuance of over 140 quality/safety-based Lot Release certificates for ALL COVID-19 vaccines used in Nigeria during the pandemic
Track and Trace monitoring of all COVID-19 vaccines
Science-driven rejection of a vaccine consignment that did not meet international standards
Staff training on Testing and Bio-manufacturing
Strengthening Local Pharmaceutical Industry through regulatory policies or mediation with the government (WHO GBT MARKET CONTROL AND REGULATORY INSPECTION)

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Inspection Road Map Inspected over 165 companies GMP compliance that resulted in risk-based categorization
Instituted Five Plus Five Policy
NAFDAC Ceiling for medicines with large in-country manufacturing capacity
Partnership of multi-nationals with local manufacturers are being formed based on good manufacturing practices compliance: Examples – GSK-Fidson Healthcare Plc and Sanofi-May & Baker Nigeria Plc
Choice of Nigeria as a country that can manufacture vaccines facilitated by Director General and enhanced by attainment of ML3

Herbal Medicine and Medical Devices Regulation

New Guidance and Guidelines
New Technical Information Submission Template
Inaugurated Herbal Medicine Product Committee
Organized many stakeholders/practitioners/researchers meetings
Paired and mediated practitioners/researchers collaboration
Registered more than forty (40) COVID-19 related herbal medicinal products during the pandemic
Registered the first Nigerian-made medical mask during the pandemic, and was exported/sold in the USA

International Collaboration and Reliance

NAFDAC received support from the following international partners – World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Global Fund (GF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). These various supports contributed to respective global benchmarking functions and attainment of ML3.
Training on Food Safety: The Agency has been amply supported in various aspects of Food Safety by the Danish Government through the Royal Danish Consulate General in Nigeria
Support from Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Lab Analysis/Validation and Chemical Management
Partnership with Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN)
Technical support from USP on Vaccines and Biologics in some aspects of laboratory analysis and Lot Release
Support from Family Health International (FHI) 360-Alive & Thrive for Breastmilk Substitute (BMS) Code Compliance
Support from FAO on Total Diet Study that focuses on contaminants including mycotoxins in food as eaten and assessing the risks to the consumers.


Food Safety Assurance

Stricter regulatory Inspection or regulated foods and bottled water
Shutting down of many food companies and water companies
Baseline inspection of food handling facilities eateries/restaurants
Faster time for approval (90 working days)
Re-equipment of Food Laboratories for analysis of food components trace nutrients
Monitoring of micronutrients in specific food items such as Fats/Oils, Sugar, Milk, etc.
Training of staff in food safety and certification in ISO 22000
Improvement on National Total Diet Study Activities to reduce contaminants such as mycotoxins or aflatoxins in foods that are consumed daily or slated for exports
Risk-based regulatory inspection of food industry
Better attention paid to products under global listing
Continuous training in various aspects of food safety

Proactive interaction and delivery of services to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – Herbal Medicines and Cosmetics – WHO GBT Market Authorization (MA) and Market Control (MC)

Effective management of MSMEs through decentralization of Food Registration to Zones plus FCT and Lagos Offices headed by Directors (six +2 Directors) for effective management
NAFDAC was Recognized as most-improved MDA by MSME in 2020
Continuous improvement in surveillance of food, herbal medicines, and cosmetics

Chemical Safety

Continuous engagement of stakeholders in the chemical industry
Strict guidance on Chemical Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practices
Close collaboration with Office of National Security Adviser on Distribution of Certain Chemicals
Training of staff

Establishment of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Laboratory

President Buhari Intervention Fund in 2018/2019 jump-started the OPCW Lab
Training and Capacity Building of Kaduna and Oshodi Laboratory Staff
Continuous proficiency Testing for qualification


Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products

Capacity building of staff
Awareness and sensitization Programs for Stakeholders
Banning of Dichlorvos (100 ml)
Phase-out banning of Paraquat and other unsafe agrochemicals
Enhancement in GMP Inspection of veterinary medicine and agrochemical facilities
Post-marketing monitoring of regulated products


Governance, Financial Management and Publicity
Continuation of meaningful deployment use of human capital
Sustain Strong Governance Expansion of Directorates for greater and impactful management
Obtain approval of Hazard and Regulatory Allowance (To be funded from NAFDAC Generated User Fees)
Secure approval of Scheme and Condition of Service
Sustain Strong Financial Management Continuity and Consolidation
Ensure well-trained staff on SAP Account Software
Increase IGR and User Fees by 20% from the current levels based on availability of more infrastructure and tools stated
More accountability
Use additional media outlets to disseminate noteworthy NAFDACs activities
Initiated in October 2022 by deploying Social Media Staff to DGs Office
Use of Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc.
Use of drama and comedy artists to convey importance of quality, safe, efficacious, and wholesome regulated products
Make the Media parley more structured


New Initiatives
Attain WHO ML4 and World Listed Authority (WLA) Status – Attainment will enable:
Global trade of Nigerian-made pharmaceuticals through collaborative registration with other regulatory agencies
Local Pharma manufacturers to be more competitive in AFCTA
Attain Vaccine Lot Release ML4 to position Nigeria strategically for vaccine manufacturing
Ensures Good Manufacturing Practice of Nigeria Vaccine Company
Assures quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines manufactured in Nigeria or imported
Establishes Vaccine Clinical Trial Research and Service Pipeline for the Local Manufacturer
Create Office of Womens Health Office
Understudy drug, cosmetics, and food products that affect women, the unborn and the child
Emphasize misuse or abuse of drug among women and impact on the child
More focus on maternal and child mortality and morbidity rate

Newer Initiatives
Supply Chain Monitoring
Continual sanitization of the Supply Chain Units to mitigate counterfeits and SFs
Scale up Track and Trace of Imported and locally Manufactured Pharmaceuticals
Establish Structured and Active Tracking and Tracing through Solution Providers
Initiate Track and Trace of Foods
Continual vigilance to Reduce SFs, Counterfeit Medicines, and Narcotics
Enhancing Local Manufacturing (including Vaccines) Quality and Trade
Training on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) Regulation
Develop NAFDAC-Industry API Manufacturing Regulation
Enhance Research and Development Training Platforms with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Expand Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS)
Recruit more staff and provide more tools
Provide capacity building
Make Enforcement nimbler for sustained response

Increase collaboration with Academia
Regulatory science training
Drug, food, and herbal medicines regulation-oriented research

Continuous Strengthening Regulatory Activities
Creative Engagement of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
More proactive interaction with different sectors of MSMEs at the State Level
Better Engagement on Exportation of Regulated Products
Establish evidenced-based facilitation of export of quality NAFDAC regulated products
Expand the role of the NAFDAC Office of Trade and International Relations
Investigation and Enforcement and work collaboratively with NDLEA in mitigating substances or drugs of abuse
Increase vigilance on cosmetic products
Maintain Food Safety
Ensure Chemicals and Agrochemicals Safety
Establish well-structured Pharmacovigilance Inspection
Continuation of improvement in ICT Functions
Enhance Digitalization of More Regulatory Processes for better management and transparency
Improve the website for better navigation

Continuation of Infrastructural Development
Build NAFDAC Headquarters in Abuja
Continuation of Nation-wide Improvement of working environment Adding more Laboratories, Zonal and State Office Infrastructures


To the glory of God Almighty, and through the relentless efforts of a hard-working staff, the Agency has achieved much success under my leadership in the last five years. We look forward to building on these achievements while working even harder to record more achievements and successes in the coming years. Thank you and God bless.(Flowerbudnews)

Biola Lawal