SMEs decry difficulties in registering products with NAFDAC


nafdac_Naijapals[dot]comSome small scale entrepreneurs at the ongoing 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair have complained of difficulties in  registering their products with NAFDAC.

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They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the fair ground on Friday that the process was cumbersome and very expensive.

Mr Lawrence Akintade, the Managing Director of Inspiration Food Ventures Ltd., Lagos, said that he had spent more than N500, 000 to register two products to no avail.

Akintade, who is also a resource person with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said that he was trained by NDE to process and package local food items.

“Now, I am practising what l learnt, but I cannot expand because i do not have the money to complete the registration of the products with NAFDAC.

“The process of registering them is cumbersome and expensive; only few small scale investors can meet all of the requirements,” he said.

He said that the inability to register the products had affected the sale of his products.

Akintade said that SMEs could not improve on the package of their products as well as produce for export without NAFDAC number.

Mr Kayode Adetayo, Managing Director of Fumdiya Enterprises, Lagos, said that reduction of the process and cost of obtaining NADFDAC registration would help SMEs.

“It is not the money, but the process of registration and NAFDAC inspection of the factory, among others.

“Our packaging is simple and we will improve when we have enough money to expand,” he said.

A senior official at the NAFDAC stand at the fair, who preferred anonymity, said that the problem with most SMEs was that they would want to by-pass some requirements.

“Most manufacturers produce from their kitchens and bedrooms which NAFDAC would not allow.

“To obtain NAFDAC registration number costs between N10, 000 and N50, 000.

“To qualify, the SMEs must have a separate building to manufacture the products,” she said. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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