During the official commissioning of the new NAFDAC office complex for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport/NAHCO in Lagos, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, expressed her concerns regarding the continuous rejection of Nigerian food exports in certain European countries and the United States.
Adeyeye emphasized the importance of stronger collaboration between NAFDAC and other government agencies operating at the ports to tackle this issue effectively. A visit to NAFDAC’s export warehouses within the international airport revealed the primary reasons behind these rejections.
To address the challenge, Adeyeye highlighted NAFDAC’s ongoing efforts to work closely with port agencies to ensure that exported goods meet the regulatory requirements of the importing countries and destinations.
She recognized the critical role played by collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service, as without their support, NAFDAC would face significant limitations in carrying out its operations.
Adeyeye underscored the significance of NAFDAC’s presence at the ports and land borders, as it plays a crucial role in fulfilling the agency’s mandate of safeguarding public health.
Furthermore, she acknowledged the collaborative efforts with other organizations such as the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services and the police, which contribute to ensuring due diligence, investigation, and enforcement.
Adeyeye emphasized the need for comprehensive collaboration among various agencies to effectively address the rejection of Nigerian food exports. This issue not only impacts exporters but also has significant economic implications for the country as a whole.