Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Moji Christianah Adeyeye, as the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), according to a statement issued on Tuesday by Mohammed Nakorji, Assistant Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Adeyeye, a Professor of pharmacy, is the wife of Olusola Adeyeye, the outspoken Chief Whip of the Senate, who himself is a Professor of Biology.
The new NAFDAC boss is a Pharmacy graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. She had brief stints at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and Baptist Hospital, Ogbomoso, between 1976 and 1980 before proceeding to the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, where she obtained a Masters’ and Doctorate degree in Pharmaceutics in 1985 and 1988 respectively.
Adeyeye is the owner of six patents, including one each on the production of anti-retroviral drugs and drugs for treatment of breast disease.
She is the founding Chair of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Product Evaluation at the College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States. She is also the founder of Drugs for AIDS and HIV Patients (DAHP), a non-profit organisation committed to prevention, education, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS children in Nigeria.
Adeyeye founded the ‘Sarah Extended Family Homes for Children’ an extension of DAHP, which aims to provide care for children with HIV/AIDS from kindergarten to the university. She is also the founder of Elim Paediatric Pharmaceuticals.