The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has assured that the seven-day warning strike by its workers under the aegis of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) will soon be called off.
The workers’ union demanded payment of promotion arrears owed its members for 2018 and 2019 promotions, upward review of job-specific allowance in line with the minimum wage, immediate payment of all pending financial claims, better working environment, immediate resumption of payments of suspended severance allowances to retirees, better modalities in the payment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives, among other demands.
In a chat with journalists on Friday, NAFDAC Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola, explained the Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has enjoyed a good work relationship with the union and its members since she assumed office over three years ago.
He, however, expressed the displeasure of the Director-General that the union went ahead to begin a strike when a meeting was already scheduled with the management of the Agency for 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, Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, has enjoyed a good work relationship with the Union and its members since she assumed office over three years ago due to her staff-friendly management style.
“In 2018, shortly after Adeyeye assumed office as DG NAFDAC, N484,956,344.43 was a total debt owed to staff for goods 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 N3.2 billion 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 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.’’