The Minister of Science and Technology has tasked Nigerian Pharmacists to utilize Presidential Executive Order 5 and begin to produce drugs locally in the country.

Dr Onu gave the challenge today, at the 16th Annual National Conference and Scientific meeting, organized by Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Dr Onu, the menace of fake drugs can be controlled if Nigeria begins to produce drugs locally. Dr Onu further said that local production of drugs in Nigeria will create wealth, provide jobs and reduce poverty in the country.

For Nigeria to attain greatness and live up to its name as giant of Africa, it must reduce the importation of drugs through local production so as to meet demand in the country.

He assured Nigerians that  his Ministry  is working assiduously to ensure that local contents production is promoted and entrenched in line with the Economic Recovery Growth Plan of 2017- 2020 ( ERGP).

He also stressed the need for pharmacists to help revise academic curriculum so as to produce entrepreneurs and producers of pharmaceutical products in line with the Presidential Executive Order 5.

The Executive Order 5, he added, will ensure that large quantities of products in Nigeria are locally produced for local consumption and exportation to other countries.

He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring that all intellectual properties of Nigerians are fully protected by one of its Agencies, Nigerian Office for Technology Adaptation and Promotion (NOTAP).

He called on the Association to ensure proper synergy with NOTAP for development of its intellectual properties in all our tertiary institutions across the nation.

With the establishments of these offices in all our tertiary institutions, Nigerian professionals will compete favourably with others the world over, he added.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the National Chairman Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia, Professor Martins Emeje said that this year’s conference is geared towards developing a Road Map for achieving sustainable access to quality – assured medicines, produced in Nigeria by Nigerians.

Henrietta Okokon

For: DD (Press)