National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it has waived 50 per cent on registration fee for locally manufactured products to promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).
Its spokesman, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, who made the disclosure, said that the measure would go a long way in promoting economic development.
He said the new policy approved by the acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, was in response to Federal Government’s policy to promote locally manufactured companies in order to boost the economy of the country.
Jimoh explained that in the past, a lot of people and some licensed consultants had extorted money from innocent Nigerians in the name of NAFDAC registration.
“Sometime back, we discovered that a lot of people were extorting money from Nigerians for registration fee of products. We decided to license some consultants who are professionals.
“But those unscrupulous elements fizzled into the consultancy firm that registered with us and continued their extortion from potential entrepreneurs.
“They collect as much N250,000 to N300,000 for registration of less than N50,000, claiming that part of the money will be used to settle NAFDAC officials.
“The agency has taken decision to stop them after the expiration of their licenses; we will stop them and deal directly with intending manufacturers,” he said.
The spokesperson added that NAFDAC recently established a Small Business Desk to guide people going into SMEs on how to set up their small factories.
Culled from DailyPost