NAFDAC Groans under Poor IGR, Obsolete Equipment

NAFDAC Groans under Poor IGR, Obsolete Equipment
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is heavily weighed down by poor revenue and obsolete, news men report. A comprehensive investigation carried out by our journalists demonstrated that the once vibrate product and drug regulatory agency is reeling under excruciating financial burden which has genuinely hampered its tasks. Aside from releasing funds for salaries, the government does not apportion funds to the office for other recurrent and capital uses, top NAFDAC officials said. Worse still, the National Assembly appropriates funds through the yearly budget ritual for NAFDAC, therefore placing it as an income generating and self-sustaining organization. In separate meetings with news men, some senior NAFDAC officials painted a pitiable and terrible picture of happenings in the agency that increased global limelight during the golden era of the late Professor Dora Akunyili as executive general. One of the officials lamented that NAFDAC is facing serious Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) problem to the degree that it has no cash to obtain key equipment to perform out its administrative capacities. According to him, NAFDAC solely depends on its IGR to cover overheads and uses the “leftover for fixing the old equipment.” He stated: “NAFDAC has been left to be-sustaining and it shouldn’t be so. Indeed, even in the United States of America (USA), our sister agency is funded by the government and its financial plan is in billions of dollars. In high time, priority is given to NAFDAC.”

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