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    Facility Inspection: NAFDAC Slashes Fees by 65% for MSMEs

    National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it has rolled out palliatives to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) survive the economic fallouts of fuel subsidy removal and enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

    The agency, in a statement yesterday said it has reviewed downward, the present administrative charges for late renewal of NAFDAC-regulated products to make the business environment more investment-friendly in a quick response to the realities of the time.

    “This translates to a 65 percent decrease in processing fees for the renewal of registration for locally manufactured products (which will be N44, 200) as against what is currently charged and 45 per cent of the processing fee for foreign products (which will be $ 450) as against what is currently charged,” NAFDAC said.

    Also, the director-general of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed that the agency has also granted a 10 percent review of tariff structure for facility and inspection fees for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

    She said the response of the organisation was not just “to give succour and assistance to existing MSMEs, but also ensure that there is practical and active fillip to new MSMEs so that the growth of this sector is not discouraged by the current economic trauma.

    “This is our moment and NAFDAC as a regulatory agency is prepared to back MSMEs and other businesses that are prepared for the innovative and interesting times that lie ahead of us”, she added.

    ‘’We have no excuse not to be one of the most productive and prolific economies in the world. We hope to achieve this aim in the incredible numbers of MSMEs that we have,” she said, and described NAFDAC palliatives for MSMEs as a thoughtful and strategic response to the realities of the present time.

    “These are all indicators of the new spirit of NAFDAC and foretaste of the support MSMEs stand to enjoy in wading through these trying times. But this is not a new undertaking for us. It is merely an extension or intensification of the federal government’s long-standing commitment to MSMEs,” she said.

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