National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control has dismissed allegations of corrupt and unwholesome practices raised against its leadership
National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has put a lie to allegations of corrupt and unwholesome practices raised against its leadership dismissing same as “frivolous, unfounded and baseless”.
Speaking in a statement signed by NAFDAC’s Director, Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, and made available to the press, the Agency said allegations of impunity against its Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, were terribly false, misleading and calculated to pull down the agency in the wake of administrative changes that affected the director in charge of finance and accounts, Mr. Ademola Mogbojuri.
It said the misleading allegations may also be the handiwork of barons whose businesses had been negatively affected by the positive actions of the agency towards safeguarding health of the nation. Dr. Jimoh said “ordinarily, the publications would have been ignored except for the wrong information it would send to the public.
However, for concerns expressed by the public and our stakeholders, we wish to state categorically that these allegations are baseless, false, misleading and frivolous because nothing of such has happened under the watch of Dr.Paul Orhii as Director – General of NAFDAC”.
According to him, “it is a curious paradox that the Director of Finance and Accounts, who has been superintending over contract awards, payments and other due processes since 2010, would now turn around to make such false and disparaging allegations against the chief executive just when he was redeployed to another directorate due to his incompetence and insubordination”.
He stated further that “redeployment and movement of officers in civil service are a normal routine. This is not the first time since the creation of NAFDAC that Directors are reshuffled.
In most cases, some Directors have been redeployed up to five directorates within three years in the agency. This is why we are at a loss to decipher what the hullabaloo is all about except to believe that he is being used as a willing tool in the hands of counterfeiters to derail the focused administration in its quest to safeguard the health of the nation”.
The statement reads further: “NAFDAC is aware of an orchestrated plot to throw mud at it by certain interests whose trade in unwholesome food and counterfeit drugs had been affected by proactive actions of Dr. Orhii towards ensuring that unwholesome food and counterfeit drugs become history in Nigeria.
We are therefore not surprised that these allegations are coming up from a Director, who is already disgruntled and finding ways of hitting back at the Agency and the chief executive.