The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been added to the list of organizations that are immune from President Bola Tinubu’s decree dissolving the boards of federal parastatals, agencies, and institutions.
This information was released in a statement that was signed by Willie Bassey, the Director of Information for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) Boards are exempt from such dissolution, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation’s clarification of the directive on the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions, and Government-owned Companies.
14 federal government institutions are immune from the dissolution order issued by Mr. Tinubu on Monday.
Boards, Commissions, and Councils mentioned in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Section 153(i), of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, are also unaffected by the dissolution.
However, the statement omitted to explain why the two new extra agencies were excluded.
Affected health organizations
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) are the organizations under the health ministry that are impacted by the new directive.
Hospitals are not excluded
The boards of roughly 20 teaching institutions are also impacted, including the National Hospital in Abuja, where Olubunmi Etteh, a former speaker of the house of representatives, served as board chairman up until the announcement on Monday night.
The Federal Staff Hospital in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria, and around 21 federal medical centers (FMCs) are also impacted.
The specialty hospitals are also affected, including the National Eye and National Ear Care Centres, which are all in Kaduna, eight neuropsychiatric hospitals controlled by the federal government, three orthopaedic hospitals, and three orthopedic hospitals.
All activities that had previously been submitted to the governing bodies for approval, according to the president, should be delivered to his office.