COVID-19: Senate asks NAFDAC, Customs, Pharmaceutical Association to extend tax waivers on essential drugs
Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance has asked NAFDAC , Nigeria Customs service and Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria to work out modality that would extend import duty and value-added tax waiver on antimalarial, antihypertensive and other essential pharmaceutical drugs for a period of six months.
The Chairman of the committee, Senator Adelere Oriolowo made the call at the meeting of the committee with Director General Mojisola Adeyeye of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali and the immediate past national chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Albert Kelong Alkali in Abuja.
The Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance and some of the Health Stakeholders meeting was as a result of Senate resolution followed a motion sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South) on “Urgent need for Federal Government to streamline Import Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) Waiver to essential pharmaceuticals drugs.”
Meanwhile the Director General of NAFDAC Mojisola Adeyeye expressed concerns over the poor state of health in Nigeria as result of COVID -19 pandemic and called on the federal government to strengthen the local content in Pharmaceutical sector.
Similarly the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali said the service is operating inline with extant laws backing it operations to protect the local Pharmaceutical industry.
the immediate past national chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Albert Kelong Alkali asked the government to create enabling environment for local Pharmaceutical industry to be able to meet up to 60 percent of medicines requirements of the country.