Federal lawmakers threatened me for refusing to give them ‘bribe’ - NAFDAC DG alleges

Federal lawmakers threatened me for refusing to give them ‘bribe’ - NAFDAC DG alleges

- NAFDAC DG, Mojisola Adeyeye, said she was once asked for ‘bribe’ by some federal lawmakers

- Adeyeye said she was surprised and saddened by the lawmakers’ action, adding that she rejected their demand

- The NAFDAC boss added that she was threatened by the lawmakers for refusing to accept their demand

The director-general of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye, has alleged she was once threatened by some federal lawmakers for rejecting their demand for 'bribe'.

Adeyeye made this known while featuring on programme on Channels TV on Friday, March 29.

The NAFDAC DG said the House of Representatives committee on healthcare services asked her for the bribe in the form of “money for welfare” when they visited her in December, 2017.

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Her words: “When I came to NAFDAC, there were a lot of things that were wrong. Take oversight function or whatever that is done, I was shocked when I was told to give money, I said money for what? … money to the committee that visited us. The health care services committee of the House of Representatives.

“This was 2017 December, not even a month to my resumption. We don’t have another country, this is Nigeria. I was shocked first because, this was the same day I went for a powerpoint presentation… we don’t have equipment, about 70% of our equipment need to be upgraded.

“We don’t have vehicles and you use vehicles to go after the bad guys or to ensure compliance. Our directors didn’t have computers, laptops, it was shortly after that, they then asked me (and said) we need welfare.”

Adeyeye said she was surprised and saddened by the lawmakers’ action.

She said: “I said I cannot. For just the visit? I couldn’t believe my ears because it saddens me. Yes, it can be referred to as them asking for bribe. It saddens me. This is an organisation that was bleeding profusely.”

The NAFDAC boss said her refusal to accede to the lawmakers’ demand did not go down well with them as they threatened her.

“It wasn’t taken well at all. I was threatened and I couldn’t believe that too, you are threatening me?” she said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Adeyeye revoked the appointments of NAFDAC consultants over allegations of anomalies and irregularities.

The NAFDAC DG noted that the activities of the consultants were detrimental to the federal government’s ease of doing business policy.

“The operations of the NAFDAC Appointed Consultants in recent times have been fraught with a lot of challenges and irregularities, which militated against the very purpose of their appointment i.e. easing regulatory business of the industry with NAFDAC," she said.

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