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Activities were brought to a halt in all NAFDAC offices nationwide due to the ongoing 7 days warning strike declared by the Federal Area Council (FAC) of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), which is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the interests of its staff members.
The chairman of the NAFDAC branch of MHWUN, Comrade Olu Ogundola, said that NAFDAC offices will remain under lock and key until their plights are met by the management and the Federal government. Com. Ogundola also declared that after the 7 days warning strike and nothing happened, the Union may consider an indefinite strike, which may last for months.
The issues were contained in a communique issued by the NAFDAC branch of MHWUN at the end of their 6th extra-ordinary congress held at NAFDAC Headquarters, Isolo, Lagos on Ocyober 4, 2015. The contending issues include:
Review of salary/allowances.
Appointments of Deputy Directors In-Charge for Laboratory services and Food Safety & Apllied Nutrition Directorates respectively.
Drivers mandatory training by the Ministry of Works Training School, Abeokuta.
Appointments of Consultants in NAFDAC.
2015 Productivity Allowances.
Suspension of staff members without trial.
Also, the FAC Chairman, Com. Attah Ibrahim, said that activities were grounded due to NAFDAC management’s insincerity and insensitivity to the sufferings of the entire staff of the award-winning agency. And that until the NAFDAC management meets the plights of its staff members, the gates will remain locked.
Eye-witnesses disclosed that so many customers and visitors were denied entrance into all NAFDAC offices. Below are photos showing the ever-busy Isolo Lagos office of NAFDAC looking so deserted, not even a single vehicle or person in sight.
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