Minister challenges Nigerian Pharmacists on Local Drug Production

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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Nigeria's Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

The regulation and monitoring of quality of drugs by regulatory agencies in the country can only be effective when Nigeria starts largescale production of drugs locally in the country.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when he received the executives of the Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Abuja.

Dr. Onu, who  said  that the Idea of local production is critical to the fight against poverty and wealth creation in the country, charged the Association to venture into entrepreneurship to convert their research findings into products.

The Minister, frowned at the rate at which Nigerians travel outside the country for medical treatment, and therefore urged the pharmacists to  take advantage of the large market in Nigeria to produce what the citizens use locally.

He commended the body for its contribution to national development, adding that the Ministry is committed to support any organization that supports the drive towards a knowledge based and innovation driven economy.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the Association, Professor, Martins Emeje, said the organization is determined to ensure Nigeria produces her own pharmaceutical products for local consumption.

Mr. Emeje, added that the Association seeking support for its forth-coming conference scheduled to hold between 12th to 14th  of August, 2018.

He further said the Association would want the Minister to grace the  Conference which would brainstorm on the various modalities for indigenous production in the country.

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