Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has lambasted the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole for taking sides with the Nigerian Bottling Company against the interest of the consumers by certifying sprite and fanta safe for consumption.
HURIWA accused NAFDAC and the Federal Ministry of Health of criminal negligence stating that they only raised up a defence for the defaulting Nigerian Bottling Company when a competent court had returned extensively damaging claims backed by scientific evidence generated from a reputable laboratory in the United Kingdom.
HURIWA went ahead to say that the Federal Ministry of Health was not an Appellate court to analyse and issue counter decisions different from the considered pronouncements of a competent law court.
HURIWA called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Minister of Health and reorganise the National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control(NAFDAC).
The Human Rights group also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently bring in a proactive and proficient team in the Public Health Sector to improve the style of supervision and investigation of the standards of manufacturing and supply of beverages and drugs to Nigerian consumers which for now is in a terrible state going by recent findings.
HURIWA gave an example of the recent importation of egusi soup and “eba” from India into the country. These products had NAFDAC registration numbers on them and were only an indication of how NAFDAC has lowered standards and connived with evil suppliers of fake and substandard food beverages to flood the Nigerian markets.
“This Lagos High Court verdict which disclosed that an international laboratory in the UK certified our fanta and sprite as unsafe for human consumption should be the last straw that should break the back of the entrenched incompetence and gross inefficiency in NAFDAC and the Federal Ministry of Health”, HURIWA stated.
The group also praised Dr Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo and firm for instituting the suit before the Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji which eventually resulted in the verdict that revealed NAFDAC’s failure in its essential duties.