The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has assured that the seven-day warning strike embarked upon by its workers under the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), will soon be called off.
Sayo Akintola, NAFDAC Resident Media Consultant, made this known on Friday during a chat with journalists.
Akintola explained that NAFDAC Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has enjoyed a good working relationship with the union and its members since she assumed office in 2018.
But he expressed the displeasure of the director general at the union’s decision to embark on an industrial action when a meeting had already been scheduled with the management of the agency next week Tuesday.
She also condemned the action of the union leaders preventing senior management staff from gaining access to their offices.
“Seriously speaking, it’s being resolved and before the expiration of the seven days, the strike would be called off.
‘’The Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye has enjoyed a good work relationship with the Union and its members since she assumed office over there years ago due to her staff-friendly management style.
“In 2018, shortly after Prof Adeyeye assumed office as DG NAFDAC, N484,956,344.43 was total debt owed staff for good Manufacturing inspection travels for 2015 – 2017.
“Even though the debts were incurred before her appointment as DG, she directed that the debts be paid forthwith in 2018. That was the year she paid a total debt of N3.2b she inherited from her predecessor out of which N2,141,016,305.07 was paid to the Federal Government in 2018. (FIRS) and N548,026,195.07 was paid to the government as missed unpaid operating surpluses for 2015-2017.
“Whatever the issues are, the management and the union would have to sit and discuss to arrive at a mutually beneficial position in the overall interest of our country.
“Health workers are in the essential service sector, hence Prof Adeyeye will never treat any matter that affects NAFDAC staff welfare with kid gloves.
“It’s unfortunate that the Union had scheduled a meeting with the management for next week Tuesday only to embark on strike on Thursday.
“They should have waited for the outcome of the meeting before going on strike.
“This is the position of the DG when I spoke to her last night. She also said it is wrong for the Union leaders to prevent senior management staff from gaining access to their offices.’’