Mr. Ademola Magbojuri has taken over from Mrs. Yetunde Oni as Acting Director-General (DG) of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The Spokesperson of the NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh made this known.
Jimoh disclosed this while reacting to the conflicting reports in the media over the retirement of Oni in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
He explained that the immediate past acting director-general reached the retirement age of 60 years on September 21, and the federal government directed that the most senior director in the agency should take charge.
He said that Magbojuri, who would pilot the affairs of NAFDAC until a substantive D-G is appointed, had received handing over noteson Friday.
Magbojuri, until this appointment, was in charge of NAFDAC’s training and research institute in Kaduna.
NAN observed that as at Friday, the NAFDAC head office in Abuja was still sealed by the union that is agitating over non-payment of allowances and appointment of either an acting or substantive D-G.
It would be recalled that the NAFDAC’s Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria started an industrial action on September 22, over improved allowances and appointment of the new DG of the agency.
The Vice President of the union, Mr. Idzi Isua, said on Friday that they were around the office to ensure total compliance by the members.
Isua said that the union was demanding for an allowance known as a specific allowance which other agencies in the same salary structure with NAFDAC were benefitting.