The Acting Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs. Yetunde Ani, has vowed to fight the devastating effects of corruption, which had rendered the agency from achieving its statutory mandate.
The NAFDAC boss made her stand known during a re-orientation training programme for senior staff of the Agency in the North West zone, recently in Kaduna.
According to her, since she took over the mantle of leadership, the current management under her supervision had pledged to be decisive, firm, courageous, bold and transparent in running the affairs of the Agency.
She explained “Over the years, the Agency in the discharge of its statutory functions has been battling with the devastating effects of corruption and lackadaisical attitude of staff in the discharge of their duties.”
Ani further noted that the type of corruption prevalent in the system is the use of official time by staff to engage in their personal businesses, saying, this has grossly affected the operations of the Agency.
She maintained that efficient service delivery is what workers were employed to carry out as public servants, stressing that, “service is what we offer ourselves and what the people are entitled to expect from us.”
The DG reminded the staff to be conversant with the four main principles of efficient service delivery, which are commitment to work, consideration of the needs and rights of Nigerians, dedication to deliver services to which the citizens are entitled and absolute transparency.
“This is a re-awakening of our consciousness, zeal and determination to take the agency to greater heights. This exercise is not a jamboree but a pragmatic effort on the part of our management to re-dedicate regulatory officers to higher productivity, efficient service delivery and transparency. ”