October 20, 2016 — According to news reports, workers at the National Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have declared a two-week warning strike. The workers grounded activities for some hours as they stormed the agency’s headquarters on Oshodi/Apapa Expressway brandishing placards, some which reads: “President Buhari, give us Director General in NAFDAC”, “Impunity in NAFDAC must stop”.
Speaking about the strike Action, the Chairman of the Federal Area Council of the Federal Ministry of Health Workers Union, Lagos, Comrade Attah Ibrahim, stated that “we expect these complaints to be addressed within two weeks of this warning strike, failing which we will embark on indefinite strike,”. He appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in the crisis, stating that “NAFDAC is bleeding and bleeding seriously. And if nothing is done to address the suffering of workers, the consequences will be disastrous for the country.”
He stated that one of the main reasons for the strike action is the existence of pay discrepancies between workers of Federal Ministry of Health, non-promotion of workers since 2012, and the absence of a NAFDAC board. He also mentioned that need for the appointment of Director General for the agency.
Chairman, Lagos NAFDAC Workers Union Comrade Peter Anzaku said the role of NAFDAC in sanitizing the nation’s health made it expedient on the Federal Government to intervene.
“We have written several memos in vain to government since 2012 because of our quest for industrial harmony, hence this unavoidable strike,” Anzaku said.
Source: Information Nigeria