Information emerging from the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, has revealed that over four million pure water companies are registered yearly with the agency, even as the sales hit N7 billion daily.
Orhii, who made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ forum for small business support desk in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, said this was discovered when the agency took statistics of such companies in the country, for easy regulation.
The NAFDAC boss then advised manufacturers of packaged water in the country to ensure quality standard at all times, saying that since packaged water had become the fastest growing business in the country, manufacturers were beginning to cut corners which has resulted in the loss of many lives in recent times. He warned that the agency would not tolerate any shabby practices by manufacturers.
On the registration of products, he said the agency has reduced the period of registration to 90 days, adding that there was room for fast tracking but with additional fee: “If you have good products and you have filed all the necessary papers and you have paid all the required fees, you will be able to get your product registered within 90 days… Your product must pass through all laboratory analyses and proof to be of standard before it can be allowed into the market for the sake of the health of Nigerians… If any manufacturer whose product has been certified to be of standard wants to get it registered faster, the manufacturer will pay more to get it done,” he explained.