A warehouse belonging to the National Agency for Food Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) was on Friday night gutted by fire. The warehouse is located at the Oshodi laboratory office of NAFDAC in Lagos.
According to eyewitness, the fire started about 7:45pm. However, security officials refused journalists entrance into the premises, but eyewitnesses say no life was lost in the inferno.
The warehouse houses seized fake and unwholesome food, drug and pharmaceutical products. Confirming the incident, NAFDAC Director of Communication, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh said the fire was caused by an electrical fault, adding that it was not the first time the Agency had experienced such. “It recently happened in Port Harcourt office.”
Jimoh said the fire affected the section housing the fake drugs and other products. It is not the first time NAFDAC is experiencing this kind of electrical fire. He then further disclosed that the Agency is planning to carry out complete overhauling of all its electrical system in the warehouses across the country, starting with Lagos warehouse. “It is an old building inherited from Federal Ministry of Health. NAFDAC has been rehabilitating it, but we intend to do a complete overhauling… Already we have contacted top level electrical engineer to start the rehabilitation immediately.”