Why FG should equip local labs – Analysts

The Society of Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria (SOTLAN) has expressed concern over the increased use of overseas laboratories for testing due to a perceived lack of capacity in local laboratories.

SOTLAN Chairman, Prof. Gbenga Ogunmoyela called on the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders to empower local analytical laboratories through a capacity development initiative.

This, he noted, will reduce the products rejected in the international market and capital flight and prevent a recurrence of the import of adulterated petroleum products.

Ogunmoyela said this at the 4th Annual Public Analysts Conference on Capacity Building for Global Competitiveness of Testing Laboratories held in Lagos.

According to him, out of more than 1,200 public analysts in the country, there are only 50 analytical laboratories to work on the samples in the sectors of food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, environment. and petroleum products.
“A lot of them don’t have the capacity and are struggling,” he said.

He identified infrastructural challenges, ever-increasing cost of imported equipment and reagents as the main setbacks for the sector.

“Nigeria can no longer afford to have its analytical laboratories ill-equipped in the face of the prevailing global and regional competition, in particular with the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) of which Nigeria is a lead actor.

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