A Lawyer based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Azubuike Themeje, has petitioned the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over the sale of unregistered cosmetics on social media platforms, especially Facebook.
In a public interest petition, the lawyer alerted the agency to the activities of one vendor and her cohorts, who allegedly sell concoc- tions that could endanger the health and well-being of members of the society.
According to Ihemeje, the advertisement and promotion of the illegal products by the collaborators is in fla- grant breach of Sections 2,3,4 and 5 of the NAFDAC Themeje alleged that for a Act 2004.
He stated: “We write as pub- lic interest solicitors and as patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a deep sense of respon- sibility to promote justice through adherence to regu- lations, the laws of Nigeria, and to protect public inter- est, integrity and safety of MIND. citizens of Nigeria and other members of the public.
“It is in the light of the above that we, respectfully <span;>forward this public interest petition and request your urgent intervention on the subject under reference.”
Ihemeje alleged that for a long time, Facebook has been littered with multiple posts, publications, adver- tisements, and sales of unregistered and unap- proved cosmetic products by a vendor, who resides around the Lekki area of Lagos State known on Facebook as ANGIE SOUND-MIND
“The said Facebook user (name withheld) has been advertising, promoting, and in actual terms sold differ<span;>ently unregistered and unapproved cosmetic prod ucts to the general public through Facebook posts, some containing videos and pictures.
“That these unregistered and unapproved concoc tions disguised as cosmetic products have the tendency of causing more danger to the health and well-being of members of the society, par ticularly, given the steep rise in the cases of skin cancer, allergies, discoloration, texture alteration and perma nent damage to the skin. Hence, this petition is written in good faith”