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Era of innovative leadership: Prof Adeyeye gives NAFDAC new lease of life

By Sayo Akintola

When Professor Mojisola Adeyeye was appointed Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nov 2017, little did she know that the Agency was under the weight of a debt profile of N3.2 billion.  She neither knew nor was told that some of the internal processes were also broken down and not performing as they should.
In addition, staff morale was at its lowest ebb as they were largely dis-incentivised due to a narrow pathway to career progression and inadequate renumerations. There were no operational vehicles at the 36 NAFDAC offices across the Federation and at the various nation’s border posts. The Laboratories were mere shadows of themselves as the required equipment were in short supply.
She never knew that there was no directorate-focused budgeting before her assumption. She met this big challenge with great resolve as part of quality management system that included fiscal and financial responsibility.
Prof. Adeyeye had to work with Finance and Accounts Directorate for about three months from January-March 2018 to achieve Fiscal and Financial Responsibility.
The NAFDAC DG was able to bring financial sanity to the Agency by stepping down all fictitious claims. She introduced budget discipline to all financial activities in NAFDAC, reducing the debt profile of N3.2 billion naira of the Agency to zero as of November 20, 2018, in the process.
Approximately N3.01 billion-naira debt was paid. The balance from the stated N3.2 billion-naira debt (about N200,000,000.00 naira) was said to be for fictitious claims and were written off. The paid debts are as follows: Unpaid Taxes and VAT owed and paid to FIRS was N1,590,990,110.00.  Debt owed to Contractors stood at N399,293,490.50 while N484,956,344.43 was debt owed staff (for Good Manufacturing Inspection Travels).

2015-2017 missed unpaid operating surplus paid to the government stood at N548,026,195.07, leaving us with the sum total debt paid in 2018 at N3,002,266,080.00, out of which N2,141.016,305.07 was paid to the Federal Government in 2018.
As a result of deep reconciliation exercise carried out in Final Account unit, Prof. Adeyeye was able to discover and recover in 2018  N106,590,298.52 erroneously credited to another MDA in 2015 as a result of deep reconciliation exercise carried out in Final Account unit.

Written by ExpressDay

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