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NAFDAC To Probe Suspected Infiltration By Counterfeiters

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 9:48 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has expressed concerns that its operations may have been infiltrated by counterfeiters with the help of some of its staff to loosen its hold on fakers of regulated products.

Consequently, the agency has commenced a subtle probe into this suspicion, which it linked to a recent petition by a faceless person circulated and published in an online medium.

NAFDAC’s Director, Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, who announced on Tuesday in Lagos said the agency is particularly concerned that the content of the petition, as published, has been echoed by its former Director of Finance, Ademola Mogbojuri, in a story published in the Sunday edition of a national daily.

Jimoh, who was responding to some of the allegations by Mogbojuri, disclosed that the management of NAFDAC may be asking the immediate past Director of Finance some questions in the regards, as his claims in the published articles bore clear similarities with those of the faceless petitioner, despite denying knowledge of it.

According to Jimoh, NAFDAC, as a regulatory agency,  takes such issues serious because it is an indication that there are some people within the system who may be working with the counterfeiters to divulge operational tactics.

Meanwhile, Jimoh has described the allegations of financial misconduct levelled against the management of NAFDAC by Mogbojuri in the publication as baseless, spurious and cheap blackmail.

He 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.”

The Director, Special duties said: “It is a curious paradox that the so called 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.”

Jimoh said this is not the first time Directors would be reshuffled in NAFDAC, wondering why that of Mogbojuri, which was done alongside others, would generate this level of attention.

“We are at a loss to decipher what the hullabaloo is all about except to believe that he (Mogbojuri) 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.

“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.

“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,” he stressed.

The Special Duties Director said NAFDAC would take actions within the extant civil service rules which have spelt out measures against civil servants involved in acts of insubordination, gross misconduct and dereliction of duty.

It would  be recalled that the NAFDAC chapter of the medicine and Health workers union  had, during a recent press conference in Lagos applauded the action of the management and insisted that the officer must comply with the redeployment as Director of the Agency’s Training Institute in Kaduna.