NAFDAC to deregulate Sniper use

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In an attempt to reduce the increasing rate of suicide in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it is partnering with other relevant bodies to deregulate the use of Sniper insecticide.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Christiana Adeyeye, said Sniper containers “could now be made very difficult to open, or may be turned into a spray rather than what the liquid contents it is known for.”

Apart from its use as a suicide weapon NAFDAC is also campaigning its use as a preservative.

“We also decry poor handling of foods in Nigeria by producers and sellers, because the populace and consumers are being exposed unduly to health risks from contaminants.

“The use of unapproved insecticides such as Sniper for the preservation of grains by unauthorised persons, the use of containers contaminated with hazardous chemicals such as fertilizer bags for grains or chemical drums and jerry cans for food storage are classic examples of a common practice among the market men and women due to ignorance,” the NAFDAC chief said.

This is in response to calls for a check on the proliferation and ease of access to Sniper in markets and streets across the nation.

 



Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.


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