NAFDAC Faces Dearth of equipment, Inadequate staff & High debt profile
The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has said that 80 per cent of the equipment belonging to the agency has not been working.
Adeyeye made the statement on Monday in Lagos while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Health who were on a tour of federal health institutions in the state.
She said, “80 per cent of our equipment is no longer working and that is a major challenge to deliver on our mandate. The last time, the World Health Organisation visited our laboratory in Yaba, they scored us zero.”
The NAFDAC DG also complained that the agency was understaffed and awaiting the approval of the Head of Service of the Federation to recruit more personnel.
On the debt profile of the agency, Adeyeye said she met a debt of N3.2bn when she assumed office, but she was able to reduce it to N400m.
The Vice-Chairman of the committee, Senator Clifford Ordia, urged the NAFDAC boss to jettison the idea of procuring buses manufactured abroad and patronize locally made vehicles in order to help grow the economy.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, commended Adeyeye for her efforts in revamping the agency.
Tejuosho, however, told the DG to prioritise the needs of the agency and present them to the Ministry of Health so that it would reflect in the 2019 budget.