Immediate past Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), has handed over the affairs of the agency to the Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mrs Yetunde Oni.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Special Duties, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, on Friday in Abuja. It quoted Orhii as saying he left behind a robust institution that will outlast any successor.
He said that with limited resources, the agency had recorded tremendous achievements in terms of infrastructural development, capacity building of both staff and other critical stakeholders.
“As well the use of cutting edge technologies that has positioned the agency as a global leader in the fight against counterfeit regulated products,” it said.
Orhii enjoined the staff to support and cooperate with the incoming Director-General to move the agency to the next level. The statement also said that Oni praised the passion and relentless efforts of Orhii.
She said that Orhii worked meritoriously in repositioning the agency as a leading light in the fight against counterfeit and regulated products globally.
She promised to build on the strategies left behind by Orhii to deliver on the mandate of the agency. Oni called for the support and cooperation of staff, and challenged them to work tirelessly to sustain the legacies left behind by Orhii to move the agency to greater heights.
Also speaking, former Director of Narcotics and Controlled Substances in the agency, Mr Hashim Yusufu, noted that NAFDAC under Orhii had reduced the prevalence of counterfeit antimalarial medicines from 40 per cent in 2009 to three per cent in 2015.
NAN recalls that Orhii assumed office in 2009, until his disengagement on February 15 after serving out seven years.