NAFDAC, SON Set 90 Days, 60 Days Timeline Respectively To Issue Licenses, Approvals

SAN FRANCISCO, February 28, (THEWILL) – Efforts by the Federal Government to make Nigeria a business friendly country continued Tuesday with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control, NAFDAC and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON pledging to issue licenses and approvals to individuals and business interests within 90 days and 60 days respectively.

The regulatory agencies gave the pledge during a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, medium & small scale business stakeholders from the State and some Federal Government regulatory agencies.

A Tuesday statement by the Acting President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande announced the development.

“We must see ourselves as agents of some catalytic change, we must take some responsibility to make profound changes possible,” Prof. Osinbajo told the 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-Dr. Okey Enelamah, and the Minister of State in the ministry, Mrs. 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.

“Subsequently the Director-General of SON, 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 will issue required licenses,” the statement said.

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.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Osinbajo Tuesday also met with the Governors of Cross Rivers, Senator Ben Ayade; Akwa Ibom, Mr. Emmanuel Udom and Ebonyi States, 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.