By Doyin Ojosipe
The Director-General, National Food Drug and Administrative Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, has expressed regrets over the on-going strike by staff of the organization, as he termed it as the height of impunity and dis-service to the nation.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the DG vented his frustration when he reiterated that Nigerian Health workers have inculcated the habit of blackmailing the government by going on senseless strikes as against the oath of service taken as health workers to save lives.
“Let me say, I am greatly ashamed with the attitude of our health care workers in Nigeria; that every little grievance resorts to strike if we disagree with the management… every time there is disagreement between health workers and government, we even abandon patients to die; we abandon very important positions, we don’t even care how many people die in the process, so I must say that I am very sad,” he said.
Talking on the ongoing strike by staff, Dr. Orhii explained that though there have been issues bordering on welfare and salary packages or structure of workers, which has been brought to round table and agreement made on how to tackle them, the NAFDAC union has not been sincere in its dealings.
He further explained that after agreements were made, the union within the NAFDAC will show up and all of a sudden disagree, making threats of embarking on industrial action, if their demands are not met immediately.
According to him the issue of what salary structure to adopt, that will benefit every worker of the organization has been on debate, where the workers seem not to know what they want per time; he explained that the demand for the change of salary structure from CONRESS to CONHESS was not a problem created by NAFDAC but the staff, as they initially chose what salary to be paid on.
The DG expressed regret that the strike may have dent the hard work done since the beginning of the year, as fake drug dealers have cashed in on the strike, while union members have forced staff that were not willing to join the action, by beating them up and sealing the premise in order to stop them from working.
The DG threatened to sue the union leaders, for forcefully compelling others to join in the strike, thereby paralyzing other elevating activities that will be of good to Nigeria and the staff as well.