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“I Am Not Corrupt, Just Prudent” – DG, NAFDAC

DG, NAFDAC. Dr Paul Orhii
DG, NAFDAC. Dr Paul Orhii

The embattled Director General, National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control has been in the limelight for allegations of corruption. He is accused of misappropriation of NAFDAC Funds. Here what he has to say..

When  I came to NAFDAC,  I met an internal revenue generation of N2.5billion.  But I learnt  that over the past four years before I came in, the revenue was in the region of N9 billion. Meanwhile, since my assumption of office,  there have been progressive increase in the IGR of NAFDAC  and I think that should be a credit to me because I plugged the leakages.

Three years ago, our IGR was above N6 billion. Last year,  I think we went up to N7 billion or  8billion and, this year, we are hoping to make it N9billion.

So, for a  Director of  Finance and Account, if  we had a steady  IGR of  N9billion over the past four years, I think it is  mischievous because he is supposed to know better or he is incompetent;  it could be both, to say that we made only N9 billion  during the period in question.

And it is the money that we generate that we use to run the agency. The Federal Government only pays  our salaries.

Our  budget for this year, this is verifiable. In the area of  overhead expenditure that we budgeted over N9billion  for,  to run the agency, there is zero allocation. Last year,  it was N9billion that we proposed for overhead,  we were given N10million and, at the end of the year, we were paid only N7.2million.

But we have generated more money for NAFDAC since I came and what has it been spent on?  Those  of you who might have visited our Lagos office would have seen that we were operating from a portakabin.  Today, we have an edifice at Isolo. I think that is one of the best buildings for an agency.  We completed the building, we are not owing, we have paid fully.

A former director of finance of the Agency is accusing him of fraudulent activities.

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