Made in Aba Goods: Nigerian Govt Asks Federal Regulatory Agencies to Act as Agents of Change

Nigeria’s acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has stated that government’s regulatory agencies would
take responsibility for facilitating businesses inthe country.
Osinbajo was quoted as making this statementon Tuesday during a follow-up meeting with the
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, medium &small scale business stakeholders from the State
and some Federal Government regulatoryagencies.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Laolu Akande said the Acting President had visited Aba to flag-off the Presidency’s MSMES Clinics where medium & small scale businesses were brought together in one spot with the
Federal Government regulatory agencies.
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.
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.
He said: “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.”

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