Huge crisis threatening National Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) took a twist yesterday as workers declared a two-week warning strike. The placard-carrying workers, who stormed the agency’s headquarters on Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, disrupted activities.
Chairman of the Federal Area Council of the Federal Ministry of Health Workers Union, Lagos, Comrade Attah Ibrahim, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene. Some placards read: “President Buhari, give us Director General in NAFDAC” and “Impunity in NAFDAC must stop”.
He listed workers’ plight as discrepancy in payment with workers of Federal Ministry of Health, non-promotion of workers since 2012, in addition to the absence of a NAFDAC board, and appointment of a substantive director general to replace Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who is acting.
“We expect these complaints to be addressed within two weeks of this warning strike, failing which we will embark on indefinite strike,” Ibrahim added.
“NAFDAC is bleeding and bleeding seriously. And if nothing is done to address the suffering of workers, the consequences will be disastrous for the country,” Ibrahim said.