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Four candidates jostle for NAFDAC DG post

*Yetunde Oni may come out tops

By Oluwole Francis

At least, four candidates, are on the radar of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, for consideration as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Sources at the Presidency told www.gongnews.net that among the 12 candidates who indicated interest in the job, four have been shortlisted for screening. Top on the list is the acting Director General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who has been on the saddle since February, last year.

Others in contention are a Professor of Pharmacy, Suleiman Abubakar; Mallam Umar Musa and Mr. Shaba Mohammed who are Director and Deputy Director respectively at the agency.

“Of  the lot the odds are in favour of Mrs. Oni, who trained as a chemist at first and Masters degree levels,” the source said.

“In any case, the mood of the President is that the incumbent, who is also a foundation staff at the agency, must be allowed to continued after a fantastic turn-around of NAFDAC since last year,” the anonymous source argued.

This is also coupled with the review of the immense contributions of Prof Dora Akunyuli who as a woman and a professional in the field was able to marshal and take the agency to the height of international respect.

There are indications that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole may be favourably disposed to the confirmation of Mrs. Oni as the substantive Director General on account of her strings of achievements since last year.

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