Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG MAN) in partnership with Private Health Alliance of Nigeria, are calling on the federal government to make policies to help in the improving access to medicine to Nigerians through encouraging local manufacturers. Mr. S. Okechukwu Akpa, PMG – MAN Chairman said there is actually a policy in 1999 by the Olusegun Obasanjo government that proposes 70% of medicines to be consumed in Nigeria to be produced in Nigeria.
Mr. S. Okechukwu Akpa laud the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for making favourable policies that encourages manufacturing in Nigeria and goes along with the PMG-MAN ideals. He said it easy for the ministry of health to monitor and evaluate what is happening in a factory in Nigeria than in China, that is if it is even possible to do that in China.
He talked about the employment opportunities that would be created with local manufacturing. He urge the federal government to not only patronize Made in Nigeria but pay. He said product supplied to the government since 2012 by some of their members have not been paid.
He also said manufacturers should be part of people who import some of the medicines that are not produced in Nigeria and not just those who don’t manufacture and have intention to manufacture.