The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has begun a nationwide sensitization campaign on product registration and value addition for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operators across the country.

Speaking at a one-day sensitization campaign on MSMEs registration and product value addition organized by the Agency in collaboration with Yobe State government in Damaturu, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye reiterated the critical role MSMEs play in the nation’s economy.

Prof. Adeyeye who was represented by the NAFDAC Zonal Director, North-East, Dr Bukar Usman , said that the Federal Government had identified MSMEs as very critical to the economy of the nation.

Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

She noted that as the Agency whose mandate is to register some of these products, NAFDAC decided to embark on sensitization across the country.

‘’NAFDAC considers Yobe State as an excellent partner in executing our mandate in the state, which is why we are here to sensitize and educate these entrepreneurs on the basic tips, clues and easiest way to register their products, so that they can add value to commodities, especially agricultural commodities, without compromising quality and safety of the products,’’ she said.

She explained that value addition entailed transforming or converting raw materials into finished or semi-finished products, while maintaining product quality, adding that at the end of the sensitization the Agency hoped to increase the number of people engaged in adding value to their products by registering their products with NAFDAC in order to safeguard the health of the public.

The NAFDAC DG maintained that this would have a multiplier effect on the individual families, on the economy of the communities and also the state as a whole by improving its internally generated revenue IGR.

Prof. Adeyeye urged over 700 participating micro, small and medium scale entrepreneurs, and scores of groups at the event to always deal with the agency directly in getting their products registered, as opposed to going through various consultants and middlemen.

She noted that consultants and middlemen have been the reason for the increasing problems and high cost of registration, faced by the MSMEs in easily getting their products registered.

“Part of the problem we have had in the past regarding high registration costs is due to interactions of MSMEs with consultants hence, we urge them to deal directly with the agency,” Adeyeye said.

In his remarks, Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni described the sensitization as part of the recovery process from the destructive activities of Boko Haram in the state.

Buni said the state government partnered the Agency so as to extend the reach of locally produced goods to market both within and outside the country.

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