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NAFDAC gets new Acting DG, but workers say strike continues


WorldStage Newsonline-- The  Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of Mr Ademola Andrew Magbojuri as  the new Acting Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC).

Magbojuri takes over from Mrs Yetunde Oni who attained the retirement age of 60 last week. She also served in acting capacity for the last 18 months following the sack of the substantive DG of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii.

Workers of the organization had been on strike over demand for a change of leadership and unpaid accumulated allowances.

Magbojuri who is the most senior Director, was until this appointment, in charge of the agency's  Training and Research Institute, Kaduna.

He was once the Director, Finance and Accounts (DFA) before he was redeployed to Planning, Research and Statistics and later redeployed to  Kaduna after three months. 

Meanwhile, the striking workers said they will not return to work until the last of their demand is attended to.

The Vice Chairman of the workers' union, Mr. Idu Isus said though the union received the announcement, but it was not enough to call off the strike.

He stressed that the only joyful thing about the appointment was that they now have somebody to negotiate with.

He said: "presently, as we are talking, the Federal Government has given order to the most senior Director to act. So presently now NAFDAC has an acting DG, his name is Andrew Magbojuri, Director Training. He is the one in charge now.

"We are not calling it off. We still have one issue and that is the issue of allowances. So since we have somebody who can spare head the issue now, we will start from there. We can start the negotiation from now since we have somebody who can lead us. So no problem about that but the strike continues."

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