By Victoria Hanson Workers at the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday staged a protest at the Agency’s office in Oshodi, Lagos state.
The workers who protested over what they described as unfair treatment, demanded the immediate removal of the Director of Human Resources, Mrs. Yetunde Oni.
They displayed placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Yetunde must be sacked’, ‘Say No to nepotism in NAFDAC’, ‘Yetunde must go’ among others.
Speaking, NAFDAC workers’ union chairman, comrade Ibrahim Attah Isah, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Minister of Health, Prof Adewole Isaac, to sanitize the agency by removing Mrs. Yetunde Oni, threatening to commence strike within 75 hours.
Comrade Isah, said the workers were protesting against unfriendly attitude of Mrs. Oni such as: suspension of workers without payment, deployment of NAFDAC union executives without due process, underpayment of drivers as well as the appointment of a deputy director without following due process.
He spoke further, “Before any staff rise to the position of chief regulatory officer, he/she must first serve as Assistant Chief.
“Yetunde invited 37 staff for the promotion exams, at the end of that exam, 25 staff passed; she promoted 15 staff and withheld 6 vacancies while 21 vacancies were declared.
“This year, she invited 27 staff to still write the same exams and 3 positions were declared, she purposely refused to promote those staff”.
“She suspended a lady in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital since last year till date without payment which is against the public service rule
“She also kept other staff on suspension without payment and genuine information from her thereby neglecting staff complaints, yet she is earning her salary even with all her atrocities. It is not Yetunde’s right to do that “he stressed.
While calling on the government to come to their rescue for the betterment of the agency, the union chairman maintained that if the HR continues as the head of the agency, there would be no industrial harmony.