The National Agency For Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), have undertaken to grant licenses and approvals to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) within 90 days,
They gave the commitment to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, during a follow-up meeting he had with the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, and SMEs stakeholders from the state and some Federal Government regulatory agencies in Abuja.
Osinbajo had called on the government’s regulatory agencies to act as catalysts of beneficial change and to take responsibility for facilitating businesses in the country. “We must see ourselves as agents of some catalytic change, we must take some responsibility to make profound changes possible,” Osinbajo told regulatory agencies, according to a statement endorsed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.
The Acting President had visited Aba to kick-off the Presidency’s MSMES Clinics where medium and 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 and Investment Minister-Dr. Okey Enelamah, and the Minister of State in the ministry, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, the Acting President directed both NAFDAC and SON to give specific timelines within which they would grant licences and approvals required of them by business interests.
SON Director-General, Mr. Aboloma Osita, who attended the meeting announced that within 60 days, the agency will issue required approvals, while the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni also said within 90 days the agency would issue all required licenses.
Both officials said the timing starts from the day the requests are submitted.
According to the Acting President, regulatory agencies such as 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.
Said he: “like I said during my visit to Aba, you can’t have any serious kind of industrialisation in this country, without a focus on Aba.”
He also met with the Governors of Cross Rivers, Senator Ben Ayade; Akwa Ibom, Mr. Emmanuel Udom and Ebonyi State, Mr. Dave Umahi, alongside top officials of the National Boundary Commission, led by the Director-General, Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, to review updates on boundary and boundary demarcation issues.