Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has said the agency was considering recruiting more staff to fill up vacant positions in 2020.
Mrs Adeyeye dropped the hint on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
According to her, the recruitment become necessary as the agency was too understaffed to drive its mandate of safeguarding the health of Nigerians.
She said: “We need staff; we also need vehicles, and not too long ago, we got approval for 15 vehicles; but that is a drop in the bucket because we have 36 states.
“For instance, we cannot say we are giving one vehicle to Abia State. “What will one vehicle do when you are pursuing people that want to kill Nigerians with bad medicine; so we are praying, hoping and planning to buy more in 2020,” she added.
“Apart from members of staff and vehicles, we need equipment. You do not use litmus paper to test drugs or food.
“No! We need sophisticated equipment and one particular equipment is about N200 million, just one piece of equipment,” Mrs Adeyeye said.