In a bold move to revitalize the manufacturing of health commodities in Nigeria, the Federal Government has announced plans to implement new policies and incentives to support the domestic production of syringes and other medical devices.
The initiative, which is part of a broader strategy to enhance industrialization and manufacturing growth, was outlined during a press briefing attended by key members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and industry representatives in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Anite, emphasized the government’s commitment to removing industrialization barriers.
She explained that the government’s plan is a direct response to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s mission to reindustrialize Nigeria and strengthen the manufacturing base.
Anite stated, “We are determined to implement the President’s directive to foster sector growth by addressing the challenges in the syringe industry.
“Our approach is centered on engaging with businesses to understand their concerns and to develop practical solutions.”
She highlighted the upcoming policy reforms as a significant step towards achieving full capacity utilization of local manufacturing facilities.
“Our backward integration program will soon be presented to the Federal Executive Council for approval,” Anite added, promising comprehensive incentives for manufacturers upon the launch of the program.
Similarly, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, detailed the government’s efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of locally produced medical supplies.
Dr. Alausa explained: “We have held candid discussions leading to practical solutions, which will be reflected in an upcoming executive order.
“These measures are expected to foster sustainable growth, job creation, and ensure the production of safe, high-quality needles and syringes.”
According to him, the initiative is poised to make Nigeria a key player in the global supply chain for medical devices, while simultaneously improving health outcomes for Nigerians and creating job opportunities within the country
Meanwhile, Mofid Karameh, Chairman of Afrimedical Manufacturing and Supplies Limited, provided insights into the current state of the syringe market.
Karameh assured that Nigerian-made syringes surpass the quality of imports, meeting international standards set by The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“We have the capacity to not only satisfy domestic demand but also to supply the broader West African region and the United Nations,” Karameh declared, outlining the industry’s potential to reignite the eight factories shut down.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Afrimedical Manufacturing and Supplies Limited, Akin Oyediran, expressed confidence in the growth prospects provided by the continued support of the government through duty concessions, grants, and other means.