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NAFDAC Crisis: FG approves immediate retirement of DG

*Mr. Ademola Andrew Magbojuri emerges as Acting Director General

By Oluwole Francis

As a consequence of the imminent appointment of a substantive head for the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Federal Government has approved the retirement of the acting Director General, Mrs Yetunde Oni.

FG letter sacking Mrs Yetunde Oni
FG letter sacking Mrs Yetunde Oni

According to a directive from the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs. Oni’s ‘immediate retirement’ was granted. The letter, obtained by www.gongnews.net was signed by the R.P. Ugo.

The directive, dated 28th September 2017, was in response to a letter written to the SGF by Mrs. Oni over the worker’s unrest in the regulatory agency.

NAFDAC workers commenced an indefinite strike last week demanding among others the immediate removal of Mrs. Oni, whom they said was already due for retirement.

With her forced exit, a new candidate shall have to emerge most likely by the recommendation of the Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to recommend the substantive candidate.

Mrs Oni had acted as the Director General since February when Mr Paul Orhii was forced 0ut by the Federal Government

Mr. Ademola Andrew Magbojuri: However, the Nigerian government on Thursday approved the appointment of Mr. Ademola Andrew Magbojuri as the new Acting Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Magbojuri takes over from Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who recently attained the retirement age of 60 years.

Oni served in acting capacity for 18 months following the sack of NAFDAC substantive DG, Dr. Paul Orhii.

Magbojuri, the most senior director in NAFDAC, until this appointment, was in charge of the agency’s Training and Research Institute in Kaduna.

The new DG also served as Director of Finance and Accounts before he was redeployed to the agency’s Planning, Research and Statistics unit.

Last week, the Medical and Health Workers Union chapter of National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) commenced indefinite strike.

 Vice President of the Union, Idu Isua, disclosed that though both the management and the union signed an agreement to review its welfare package since 2013, the terms of agreement are yet to be complied with.

Isua said, “We resolved that funds be drawn from our Internally Generated Revenue to finance the upward reviewed package of staff but to our greatest surprise, nothing was done since then.

“When we came on board as union in 2013, we took a look at the allowances of staff and discovered it was low compared with other agencies that we enjoy same salary scale with.

“The strike was not a fresh one because we took same action two years ago and last year and based on agreement reached, the strike was suspended. However, nothing was done on our salary review up till now”.

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