NAFDAC workers’ strike to continue until new DG appointment, says union


By Patience Danjuma 

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) workers have said that say they will continue with their strike until the Federal Government appoints a substantive Director General for the agency. 

The spokesman for Medical and Health Union of Nigeria, NAFDAC chapter, Ejor Michael, made this known on Saturday in Abuja.

The union on Sept. 22 embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for a new DG or the appointment of the most senior director to run the affairs of the agency.

Michael said that the Acting DG, Mrs Yetunde Oni, had been on acting capacity since February 2016 and had acted for over one year.

“She clocked 60 years on Thursday and by virtue of public service rule she has to go but she doesn’t want to go.

“We therefore ask the Federal Government to give us a substantive DG or the most senior director in NAFDAC take over same way Oni took over as the most senior in 2016,” he said.

The union alleged that the Acting Director-General had handed over to a director who is not the most senior.

Michael said the next in line to the Acting DG should automatically take charge before the appointment of a substantive DG by the Federal Government.

But the Director, Public Relations and Special Duties of NAFDAC, Jimoh Abubakar, said that the appointment of the DG was an exclusive preserve of the President.

He said that the controversy surrounding the appointment of an acting DG was needless, adding that the Federal Government was aware of the situation and would take appropriate step at the right time.

“Government in its wisdom will take appropriate decision, we should not be in a hurry, government is aware of information we are not privy to,” he said. 

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