Six secondary school students in Oyo State have received the 2012 National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control, NAFDAC, awards.
The winners are Otuyalo Damilola and Akanbi Oluwatomisin from the Vale College, Ibadan; Bagudu Lucky and Omar Abdulrahman of Air Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan; and Selemon Deborah and Akinola Aderinsola, from All Souls' High School, Ibadan.
The annual competition is for members of NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club, NCSC.
During the ceremony held in Ibadan on Wednesday, Omosola Osibanjo, NAFDAC South-West Zonal Coordinator, commended the winners and urged them to continue to serve as a platform for the promotion of NAFDAC's fight against fake drugs and substandard products.
Mrs. Osibanjo said that the consumer club was formed as part of the agency's public enlightenment strategy for eradicating fake and substandard regulated products from circulation.
She said membership of the club was drawn from the private and public schools across Nigeria.
She said the agency would include more schools from the primary and tertiary levels to further educate and empower young people to be more proactive and effective vanguards of consumer education and protection.
"NAFDAC realises that what we are trying to achieve through the NCSC is of fundamental significance to every facet of our lives. Hence, it should not be limited to NAFDAC alone.
"In view of this, we wish to collaborate with other organisations and agencies so as to groom our future leaders to imbibe the culture of quality consciousness in all its ramifications," she said.
The Oyo State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Benjamin Haruna, said the occasion was the first of its kind in the state and described the competition as unique.
Mr. Haruna said that Oyo State had the best result in the zone and promised that the competition would be taken to the 33 local government areas of the state.