Prodded by Osinbajo, NAFDAC, SON pledge prompt approvals for businesses

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

It is the role of government’s regulatory agencies to act as catalysts of beneficial change and to take responsibility for facilitating businesses in the country, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

“We must see ourselves as agents of some catalytic change, we must take some responsibility to make profound changes possible,” Mr. Osinbajo told regulatory agencies today during a follow-up meeting with the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, medium & small scale business owners from the state and some Federal Government regulatory agencies.

The acting president had visited Aba to flag-off the Presidency’s MSMES Clinics where medium & small scale businesses are brought together in one spot with Federal Government regulatory agencies they interface with.

At the meeting, also attended by the Industry, Trade & Investment Minister, Okey Enelamah, and the Minister of State in the ministry, Aisha Abubakar, the acting president directed both the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC, and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, to ascertain specific timelines within which they would be able to grant licenses and approvals required of them by Nigerians and business interests.

The Director-General of SON, Aboloma Osita, who attended the meeting announced that within 60 days the agency will issue required approvals, while the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said within 90 days the agency will issue required licenses.

Both officials said the timing starts from the day the requests are submitted.

According to the Acting President, regulatory agencies like NAFDAC and SON would be judged by how many people, businesses they are able to support “to achieve the greatest public good.”

He commended the Abia State Governor for his drive, adding that “Made in Aba” products are now acquiring a mark of quality.

“Like I said during my visit to Aba, you can’t have any serious kind of industrialization in this country, without a focus on Aba,” the acting president said.

Also today, Mr. Osinbajo met with the Governors of Cross Rivers, Ben Ayade; Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, and Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, alongside top officials of the National Boundary Commission, led by the Director-General, Muhammad Ahmad, to review updates on boundary and boundary demarcation issues.


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  • arewethishopeless

    SON 60 days ….. NAFDAC 90 days ….. Are we normal as a country at all? And Osinbajo you accepted this? …… Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Say the truth

      Exactly, 60 days means 2 whole months while 90 days means 3 months to grant license. A maximum of 15-30 is good enough if we are really serious.

      • Julius

        Its okay as long as they get it right. Those days will come and go before you know it. I commend the VP by bringing them along in meeting the the state governor and the business community involve. Good luck to everybody !

        • arewethishopeless

          Its really not ok. Yetunde promised Osibanjo completion of new license requests within 90 days but have failed to inform the acting president that she has license requests pending for the past 15 months till date. And this is from personal experience. Such incompetence in this organisation called NAFDAC and its management. If she could not achieve it 15 months and counting, how in God’s name will she achieve it in 90 days. Osibanjo …. look at her pendings please ….

    • SamPsalm

      Do you have an idea where the country currently is at? Try googling “Industrial Standards of Nigeria” which entrepreneurs need to even start the process at SON and see what access to them is like. The only list available online is by a private sector initiative. So if NAFDAC and SON can get Nigerians 60days and 90days, we would be in a good place to start making our country great for the first time

  • Edwin

    Welldone sir

  • Senator D

    Breaking News: Senate confirms Justice Onnoghen as CJN… Bubu please kindly extend your London vacation till 2019!