The Federal Government on Thursday approved the “immediate retirement” of the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni but striking workers of the regulatory body remian on strike despite Oni’s continued stay as DG being a strong reason for the industrial action.
The Medical and Health Workers Union chapter of NAFDAC commenced an indefinite strike last week demanding improved welfare and the immediate retirement of Mrs. Oni, whom they said was already due for retirement.
The Director of Public Relations and Special Duties, NAFDAC, Jimoh Abubakar, told Premium Times on Thursday that Mrs. Oni has been directed to proceed on retirement and hand over to the most senior director of the agency who happens to be Mr Ademola Mogbojuri.
Mr. Mogbojuri, was until his appointment, director of Training and Research Institute, Kaduna.
But the striking workers said they will not return to work until the last of their demand is attended to.
The vice chairman of the workers’ union, Idu Isua, said that the workers will not return to work because Mrs Oni’s retirement is not enough to call off the strike.
He noted that the only joyful thing about the appointment is that they now have somebody to negotiate with.
“We are not calling it off. We still have one issue and that is the issue of allowances. So since we have somebody who can spearhead the issue now, we will start from there.
“We can start the negotiation from now since we have somebody who can lead us. So no problem about that but the strike continues,” he said.