Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, disrupted the unveiling of an anti-coronavirus herbal syrup in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Paul Oni, a herbal medicine expert, had planned to unveil the anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup branded, ‘Oxibiotics,’ at the Centenary Hall, Ake, on Thursday.
The programme was stopped by the officials of NAFDAC who ordered its cancellation.
Oni was subsequently taken to his factory which was inspected and sealed by NAFDAC officials.
Addressing journalists after his factory was sealed, Oni expressed worry over the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Oni, who is the Managing Director of Peculiar Projects Nigeria Limited, lamented outrageous approval levies by the NAFDAC.
He said the cost approval which, was about N600,000 with payment of N1.5 million for clinical trials were unaffordable for him.
He said “So, when I saw the cost, I concluded that I should seek help through a press conference. I am sure this herb can help people that have contracted COVID-19,” he said.
A top official of NAFDAC told journalists that the programme was stopped because the product had not been certified.