The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday urged Nigerians to seize COVID-19 period to grow their entrepreneurial skills so that the nation can record growth at the end of the pandemic.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha gave the advice during the task force’s national briefing.
“Ladies and Gentlemen now is the time to turn adversity into victory by growing our entrepreneurial skills and industrial base. Let us find growth at the end of the pandemic,” he said.
He, however, urged Nigerians to desist from manufacturing sub-standard goods which could further endanger other unsuspecting citizens who innocently purchase them.
Mustapha was reacting to the study conducted by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to check the influx of substandard goods into the market.
The survey revealed that 63% of alcohol-based sanitizers in Abuja do not have NAFDAC registration numbers.
The PTF Chairman noted that “the Hon. Minister of Health has consequently issued an advisory to the general public to procure their sanitizers and other pharmaceutical products from credible sources.
Medical experts had recommended the use of hand sanitizers to curb the spread of the virus, which ought to stimulate local production because of increased demand.
“Today we have been compelled to add the fight against fake products to our national response,” Mustapha added.