Yetunde Oni
Ag DG NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni

Martins Ifijeh
In line with keeping with the Federal Government’s change mantra and fight against corrupt practices in the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has launched its maiden edition of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit Newsletter.

Speaking during the South-west sensitisation workshop on Anti-Corruption Gender and Servicom and the launch of the ACTU newsletter, organised by the Reform Unit of the agency, the Acting Director General of the agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said the workshop would afford the agency’s personnel the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the code and conduct guiding operation of staff, particularly regulatory officers on the field who are most vulnerable.

She said in 2013, NAFDAC embraced the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade and created the Anti-corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), adding that the mandate of the ACTU was to ensure zero-tolerance for any form of corrupt practices within the agency and to address all noticeable cases of corruption among its workforce.

“In the message of its responsibilities, the ACTU unit prepared, published and disseminated the code of conduct for NAFDAC staff. This NAFDAC’s code of conduct contains guidelines on how staff of the agency are expected to act and conduct themselves while dealing with clients/customers and other staff,” the Acting DG said.

According to her, in the ACTU work plan, the Sensitisation workshops on anti-corruption for all NAFDAC staff is to be carried out in the six geo-political zones of the country. So far, the unit has concluded workshops for the North-west zone, North-central zone, North-east zone and more recently the South-east zone. The South-south zonal workshop will be held first week of June in Port Harcourt. This is indeed a remarkable feat.

While reeling out some of the successes of the agency in recent times, the Acting DG said last week the agency secured a seven years jail term for a fake drug manufacturer, Mrs. Clara Onah who specialised in manufacture, distribution and sale of fake drugs.

She said the graduate of Microbiology from the University of Nigeria and a postgraduate student of Mass Communication, sold fake brand of 200mg of Amazon Amagyl, a brand of Metronidazole tablets to members of the public.

She noted that fake and counterfeiters in the country would receive the same fate as the agency was becoming more aggressive to rid the country of fake and unwholesome products.