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Exemption of NDLEA, NAFDAC Boards: SGF clarifies dissolution of government parastatals

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, has provided clarity regarding the dissolution of governing boards across federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies. In his statement, the SGF emphasized that the boards of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) are exempted from this dissolution.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had recently approved the immediate dissolution of governing boards as part of the government’s exercise of its constitutional powers and in the interest of the public. However, the clarification issued by the SGF specifies that the dissolution does not apply to Boards, Commissions, and Councils listed in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Section 153 (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

In a statement released by the director of information in the office of the SGF, Wily Bassey, it was emphasized that the exemption of the NDLEA and NAFDAC boards from the dissolution is of paramount importance. This distinction aims to ensure the continued effective functioning and oversight of these critical agencies responsible for drug law enforcement and food and drug regulation in Nigeria.

The SGF further elaborated on Tuesday, stating, “Further to the directive on the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions, and Government-owned Companies, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has clarified that the Boards of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) are exempted from such dissolution.”

This exemption acknowledges the crucial role played by the NDLEA and NAFDAC in ensuring public safety, health, and national security. Both agencies are entrusted with the responsibility of combating drug abuse, enforcing drug laws, and regulating the quality and safety of food and drugs in Nigeria. The decision to retain their boards recognizes the need for continuity, stability, and expertise in these critical areas.

As the government proceeds with the dissolution of other boards, the exemption of the NDLEA and NAFDAC boards highlights the strategic significance of their work in safeguarding the well-being of Nigerians. By providing clarity on this matter, the SGF’s clarification ensures that these vital agencies can continue their operations unhindered, maintaining the highest standards of excellence and professionalism.

In conclusion, while the dissolution of governing boards across federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies takes effect, the SGF’s clarification emphasizes the exemption of the NDLEA and NAFDAC boards. This exemption recognizes the indispensable role played by these agencies in preserving national security, public health, and regulatory integrity

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