Written by Ndidi Chukwu
Staffs of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) have shot down the Abuja headquarters over nonpayment of salaries. The aggrieved workers of the agency are lamenting that their well fair is not taken in to consideration by the Director General of the Agency, Paul Orhii.
The NAFDAC head office on Thursday morning (13th November 2014) was closed by some heads of the Staff Welfare committee and premises deserted by the workers. “We are suffering, no staff care, nobody cares about our workers, go to Lagos our members are dying due to chemicals they inhale” a staff told Health Reporters. There has been reported cases of pregnant women dying and having miss carriage over inhaled chemicals in some NAFDAC labs.
Staffs just confirmed to Health Reporters that the situation is more serious in Lagos and the Director General Paul Orhii has traveled to Lagos to resolve the situation. We contacted Alhaji Jimoh, NAFDAC’s Chief media officer and Director special duties and he said in a telephone interview that “the staffs are on strike, which commenced yesterday” and has assured that officially details will be made public in due time.
This strike is coming about the time the DG, who has received several accolades from international agencies secured an 11 year jail term for drug counterfeiters.