Dr. Dora Nkem Akunyili:Director General of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) - Nigeria (Integrity Award)

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Received the Award on 25 May 2003

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Director General of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and a pharmacologist by training, Dr Akunyili has defied death threats while tackling corrupt practices in the manufacturing, import and export of drugs, cosmetics and food products.

Since taking up her position in April 2001, Dr Akunyili has earned nationwide respect for her persistence in prosecuting illegal drug traders and in imposing strict standards on multinational companies.

In particular, she has pursued manufacturers and importers of counterfeit drugs, deemed to be a leading cause of deaths by stroke and heart failure in Nigeria. Counterfeit drugs worth an estimated US$16 million have been confiscated and destroyed by Dr Akunyili and her staff, in the process saving the lives of thousands of innocent Nigerians.

Country / Territory - Nigeria   
Region - Global   |   Sub-Saharan Africa   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Whistleblowing   
Tags - Video   |   NAFDAC   |   manufacturing   |   cosmetics   |   Counterfeit drugs   

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