Suicide: FG restricts sale, use of Sniper

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The federal government has placed a ban on the sale and use of the fatal agro-chemical product, Sniper.

Against its innitial use to kill insects and pests, it has suddenly become an instrument for suicide among the youths.

For this reason the federal government yesterday directed that the product be withdrawn from the open market with immediate effect.

The government’s directive, which will be enforced by the National Food, Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), was made public in Ibadan, Oyo State.

By the order, the agency will ensure that all agro-chemical dealers and other stakeholders remove Sniper from both the open market and supermarkets across the country with immediate effect.

NAFDAC’s director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, Bukar Usman, stated this at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.

Usman, who spoke at the launch of a new herbicide for cassava farmers, “Lifeline”, produced by UPL, Springfield Agro and IITA, explained that the agency had asked agro-dealers to stop the sale of the product in the open market and supermarkets.

He said that Sniper is an agro-cultural product meant for use only in the farms and not for households.

For the full enforcement of the restriction, he charged manufacturers and dealers to cooperate with NAFDAC to mop up the 100ml size of the product, which was cheap and easy to acquire.

Usman said that the directive was not an outright ban on the product but a restriction of its use and availability to farms alone, adding that all agro-chemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.

He said: “There are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests” he said.

 




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