The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has decried the delay by the Nigeria Customs Service in handing over a total of 26 containers laden with tramadol intercepted recently at the ports.
Director General, NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, who expressed concern over the issue on Sunday, said Customs had handed over just nine of the 35 containers of tramadol to the agency and wondered why the rest are being held back.
Professor Adeyeye disclosed that nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Service and had been destroyed by her agency.
“We are seriously working with the Customs on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with tramadol.
“So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been handed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said.
The director general said the agency was more determined and committed than ever to stem the menace of illicit and fake drugs in the country.
The NAFDAC boss stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.
According to Adeyeye, who is also a professor of pharmacology, the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation.
She lauded the present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like tramadol, should only be given by prescription as done in advanced country.