PMG-MAN hails new directive on Executive security of medicines
Some sample of drugs
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturer’s Association of Nigeria, (PMG-MAN), has hailed the recent policy of the Federal Government supports Local Content in Public Procurement.
The Executive Order signed by Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on May 18, 2017 had mandated all MDAs of Government to grant preference to local manufacturers of goods and service providers in their procurement activities.
The Executive Order went on to direct that Made-in-Nigeria products should be given preference in the procurement of relevant items, mandating that at least 40 per cent of the procurement spending of all MDAs of the Federal Government must be expended on locally manufactured goods or services.
Locally made medicines were also expressly specified in Section 4F as a key category covered by the Executive Order.
In a statement, PMGMAN’s Chairman, Mr Okey Akpa, said industry analysis of the Executive Order showed it had potential to enable Nigeria achieve Medicines’ Security as well as boost National Self Sufficiency in Pharmaceuticals and related Health Commodities.
Calling for its faithful implementation, Akpa who said the Executive Order represents the most expeditious and effective approach to guarantee Nigerians’ sustainable access to high quality and affordable medicines, said it had potential to stimulate massive employment in the sector, improve the economy and facilitate export of Nigerian medicines to neighbouring countries.