Members of the Nigeria Medical and Health Workers Union, a branch of the National Food and Drug Administration and Control Agency, said they were not economically self-sufficient by the agency.
The punch reported that the union embarked on an indefinite strike last week on Wednesday over unpaid severance, among other things.
A statement signed by the Secretary, MHWUN, NAFDAC, Mr. Ayodeji Adetoboye, and made available to The punch on Sunday, explained that NAFDAC had made economic progress without reflecting the social benefits of its workers.
The statement read in part: “The challenge remains that key issues relating to the economic power of staff members have not been resolved.
“The diligence and competence of the staff members is beyond doubt, as evidenced by the staff who have achieved ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification and, most recently, the Maturity Level 3 status of the World Health Organization Global Benchmarking; both of which have strengthened our regulatory systems, thereby enabling increased access to quality products, encouraging trade and placing NAFDAC on a high pedestal among regulators around the world.
“The question that remains for management is how have these achievements impacted the economic power of staff members who work day and night to protect the health of two hundred million Nigerians?”
Adetoboye, in conversation, added that the government and management had yet to intervene in the crisis since the strike began last week.
He said: “We had a meeting with management on Friday and there was no meaningful resolution; a meeting is to be arranged with federal government officials this week.
He added that any action by the government that did not meet their demands would be met with resistance from the union.
According to the statement, the demands are “immediate approval of additional allowances for staff members, full payment of arrears for the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 promotions, appropriate posting and payment of staff for the inspection of good manufacturing practices.
“They also include training of all regulatory officers based on GMP inspection, immediate legitimate approval of terms of service, immediate return to status quo on the jump, immediate conduct of the Long Service Award and the expansion of vacancies.
“The agency is very heavy; rumors of ongoing recruitment of senior officers must be resisted.
Also speaking, NAFDAC’s resident media consultant, Mr. Sayo Akintola said management would give an update on Monday.
“Not until tomorrow (Monday),” he replied.