OrderPaperToday – The Senate has faulted payment of productivity allowance to staff of the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) amounting to N324 million without approval from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC).
The Senate, through its Committee on Public Accounts, said it was illegal to increase the allowance of staff of NAFDAC as contained in a query in the 2016 Report of the Auditor General of the Federation.
The productivity allowance was done with payment voucher dated April 13, 2015 without approval from NSIWC.
However, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, admitted that the approval has not been granted from the NSIWC but moves are being made to secure the required approval.
The Acting Chairman of the Committee, Senator Hadejia Hassan Ibrahim (APC, Jigawa North East) therefore stepped down the query till NAFDAC obtains the approval for the payments.
The query had stated: “A payment voucher no. 29519 dated 13/04/2015 was raised for payment of 2014 Productivity Allowance to staff amounting to N323,678,741.97 (Three hundred and twenty-three million, six hundred and seventy-eight thousand, seven hundred and forty-one naira, ninety-seven kobo).
“The authority from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) giving legitimacy to the payment of such (productivity)allowance as was the case with NAFDAC‟s salaries and other allowances, was not present during the hearing.”
The committee, therefore, requested the Director-General to produce evidence of NSIWC approval for payment of the allowance as part of the remuneration package of the agency.
“The Director-General’s explanation of obtaining the approval of the NAFDAC Council or Honourable Minister of Health is not tenable because the appropriate authority in such matters is NSIWC.
“The Director-General should produce the approval of the Commission or recover the payments from the beneficiaries as initially requested”, Hadejia stated.